Nora’s Playhouse is pleased to announce
a reading of a new play (so new it doesn’t have a title yet!) by Catherine Filloux
directed by Amy S. Green
performed by Connie Winston and students of John Jay
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 8 p.m.
The Black Box Theatre
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street (between 10th/11th)
This spring, Nora’s Playhouse is collaborating with John Jay College of Criminal Justice to develop and present a public reading of a new play about women and mass incarceration. Playwright Catherine Filloux and Nora’s Associate Artistic Director Amy S. Green have been exploring the topic for more than a year and are teaching a course on the topic in John Jay’s Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. The reading will be performed by professional and student actors.
Mass incarceration is an acknowledged crisis in the United States. Most public attention has focused on prisoners who are men, but women bear the brunt of the consequences when they or the men in their lives are sent away. More than are 205,000 women are incarcerated in America today. Most of them are mothers, and many of them are first time offenders. But the statistics don’t capture the enormity of the impact of mass incarceration on women as inmates, grandmothers, wives, daughters, sisters, girlfriends, social workers, and activists.
Filloux’s play will take us into the cell and the mind of its central character, Mary, an African-American woman who is serving time for an undisclosed crime. Her days are spent trying to keep her sanity in the face of loneliness, indifference, cruelty, and loss. She grapples with guilt, fear, and internal voices that threaten to loosen her grip on reality. Anger, outrage, strength, and humor carry Mary through her period of incarceration and beyond.
Tuesday, December 1: We’ll be sitting down with Rose playwright and the best selling author of “The Kennedy Women,” “The Kennedy Men,” and “Sons of Camelot,” Laurence Leamer.
Wednesday, December 2: Join several of Nora’s finest: Sharon Friedman (Literary Curator), Caroline Reddick Lawson (Co-Founder/Artistic Director, Director of Rose), and Emily Richard (Co-Founder/Managing Director).
Tuesday, December 8: American historian and best selling author of the new critically acclaimed biography “Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter,” Kate Clifford Larson, will be sharing her impressions of the play.
Thursday, December 10: Here’s a fantastic opportunity to hear from the star of Rose herself, Kathleen Chalfant.
*All talkbacks will immediately follow the evening performances.*