How a Prison Play Goes on Tour

“Thirty Colorado inmates staged “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” for nearby prisons. For some, it was the first time in years they were outside 20-foot walls and razor fences.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/11/theater/prison-arts-colorado.html

This article is about prisoners who practiced and performed a play that went on a tour, where they would go and perform for nearby prisons. It was very interesting to read how before they left the prison, they were strip-searched before getting on the bus to the show, and right after the play ended, they needed to quickly change out of their costumes and back into their uniforms. Prison plays have been around for some time now, but the interesting part of this show is that they went on a tour. This is part of an arts program inside jails and prisons—what do you think of this program? As the article mentioned, “learning to paint or performing a monologue can imbue humanity and purpose into the bleakness of life behind bars.” Do you agree with this statement, and the idea that prison arts should be encouraged?

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