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INTERSECTIONS: A THEATRE PROJECT ABOUT PRISON AND REFORM


7:00 PM DOORS
7:30 PM SHOWTIME
$17 | $22 DAY OF SHOW
ALL AGES
4 NIGHTS OF INTERSECTIONS
Tues. 10/25 | Wed 10/26 | Tues 11.01 | Wed 11.02
**Note that a limited number of reduced-price/sliding scale tickets are available for formerly incarcerated individuals. Please email intersectionsvt@gmail.com for details.**

 

INTERSECTIONS is an original theatre piece based on a variety of perspectives: letters from inmates housed in Vermont correctional facilities and out of state private prisons, first-person accounts by incarcerated women brave enough to share their stories, stories from victims’ and inmates’ family members, and our personal intersections with “corrections” and “justice.”  In light of the popularity of Orange is the New Black, national awareness of our mass incarceration crisis, and prisoners’ deaths and suicides from years spent in solitary confinement, we consider INTERSECTIONS to be a call to action. As Vermont theatre artists, our creative team ties monologues and scenes into a full-length theatre performance that explores why and how Vermonters should care about incarceration.

In 2005 my son was incarcerated at The Northwest Correctional Facility in Swanton. The boy I taught to be open with his heart, and look at the world as a place where anything is possible, began serving a sentence of 15 years in a cell that is 6 feet by 8 feet. My heart broke into a million pieces. The pain of losing him was unbearable. I raised him by myself and I did a good job. He was a sweet boy. (MOTHER)

INTERSECTIONS is a continually evolving production. Our intended artistic outcome is twofold: To expand the production’s reach through a wide range of stories about the criminal justice system in order to encourage community dialogue that will effect positive change; and to bring in new audiences for artistic events in our community. By attending INTERSECTIONS because of its subject matter, new audience members will witness art’s impact on social issues that affect them.

INTERSECTIONS serves to benefit all members of our community. Too often we think that unless we know someone in jail or prison, the criminal justice system does not affect us. In truth, incarceration impacts all of us. Our show serves to build an awareness of the faces behind the masks, behind prison cells, in apartments before DOC-imposed curfews, who are too poor to afford bail. Survivors of trauma, correctional facility staff, mothers, children, spouses of Vermonters incarcerated out of state…. Every one of them has a story, and it is these stories we perform.

Allow me to give you a different perspective. As a Correctional Officer, I think of myself as a professional. Most people don’t. They only know what they see on TV. They think I’m a guard sitting on my fat, lazy ass all day. Or worse, a sadistic a-hole patrolling cellblocks with a nightstick. They don’t have a clue what it’s really like. (THANKLESS JOB)

 

Sparked by a call to artists by Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, INTERSECTIONS was first produced by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in FlynnSpace on November 3rd and 4th, 2015. Since then, our team has expanded our cast and elicited more stories and monologues from members of our community impacted by incarceration, Department of Corrections conditions and supervision, and the intersections of race, gender, criminalized behaviors, and poverty.  

I punched the officer when I was picked up. Every time I’ve been arrested, I punched the officer. He took my wallet. MY wallet! Then he asked for my phone. Used to be they’d take it at Booking, but this last time, they did it different when they arrested me, and now I don’t know when I’ll get my effing wallet and phone back. (WHERE’S MY WALLET?)

“I wanted to say thank you again for such a mind blowing performance last night. I work as a criminal defense investigator, so I am in and out of the VT & NY prisons all the time. I have never seen anyone nail the issues the way you did.”
- Audience Member

INTERSECTIONS Writing/Acting Team

Kim Jordan is an educator, social justice activist, actor, playwright, director, and advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Jena Necrason is a performer, choreographer/director and teaching artist.  She spent 20 years living in NYC where teaching lead her to experiences working with at-risk teens, veterans and homeless women; exploring ways to use movement for healing.  

Kelly Jane Thomas  is an associate professor teaching interdisciplinary liberal arts courses at Champlain College.  

Todd Townsend has been an active member of the Burlington theatre community for over ten years. His skills range from Set and Lighting Design, to Acting and Producing.

INTERSECTIONS Production Team

Tara Lee Downs (Director) is a freelance director, stage manager, and youth drama     teacher who is excited to have recently moved back to Vermont from NYC.

Jeffrey E. Salzberg (Lighting Designer) has designed the lighting for dance, theater,     and puppetry all over the United States.

This project is supported in part by an award from the BCA Community Fund.

Earlier Event: October 21
TURNMUSIC
Later Event: October 27
SOUND AFFECTS: A COMMUNITY EVENT