Event Title

All the Stages of Our Lives: Dramatizing Stories with Men in Prison

Presenter Information

Lillian White, Oberlin CollegeFollow

Location

King Building 323

Start Date

4-29-2016 1:30 PM

End Date

4-29-2016 2:30 PM

Abstract

Building on four years of volunteer work with Oberlin Drama at Grafton, a Shakespeare-centered prison drama program, this project explores the potential of documentary theater, the work of (re)visionary theater makers, and the work of others who draw on theater’s capacity to imagine and enact alternative paradigms. The project focuses on And Yet We’ll Speak, an original play written, rehearsed, and performed at Grafton Reintegration Center that features oral histories, storytelling, and performance exploration by men at Grafton. The project culminates with a performance at Grafton that encompasses the deep specificity of individual narratives and performatively embodies the cumulative resonance of collected stories.

Notes

Session I, Panel 2 - Case Studies in Power, Knowledge, and Narrative
Moderator: Randal Doane, Assistant Dean of Studies

Major

Cultural Performance Studies (IM)

Advisor(s)

Caroline Jackson Smith, Africana Studies; Theater

Project Mentor(s)

Phyllis Gorfain, English

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Apr 29th, 1:30 PM Apr 29th, 2:30 PM

All the Stages of Our Lives: Dramatizing Stories with Men in Prison

King Building 323

Building on four years of volunteer work with Oberlin Drama at Grafton, a Shakespeare-centered prison drama program, this project explores the potential of documentary theater, the work of (re)visionary theater makers, and the work of others who draw on theater’s capacity to imagine and enact alternative paradigms. The project focuses on And Yet We’ll Speak, an original play written, rehearsed, and performed at Grafton Reintegration Center that features oral histories, storytelling, and performance exploration by men at Grafton. The project culminates with a performance at Grafton that encompasses the deep specificity of individual narratives and performatively embodies the cumulative resonance of collected stories.