Prison Activists Spread Radical Critique Through Theatre
Fri Aug 9, 7PM
Shadow of Lucasville
Sat Aug 10, 7PM
Know Your Enemy
both shows at:
2005 Barton Ave.
Radical DIY theatre group Insurgent Theatre is touring the country with a play about police and a documentary film about a prison uprising. The film and play will be showing in Richmond on August 9th at 10th. The play, entitled Know Your Enemy juxtaposes dramatic unraveling of a troubled officer with a radical interactive lecture about prisons, history, and resistance. The film, entitled Shadow of Lucasville revisits the 1993 prison uprising at a maximum security prison in the Southern Ohio town of Lucasville. The film will be followed by conversation with death-sentenced survivors of the uprising, who will be calling in from the Ohio State Penitentiary, Ohio’s supermax prison.
Part of the money raised by this tour will go to support RedBird Prison Abolition, RedBird Books to Prisoners and The Lucasville Amnesty Campaign.
Venue: The Wingnut Anarchist Collective
Local contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Price: suggested donation $5-20, no one will be turned away for lack of funds
InsurgentTheatre.org, LucasvilleAmnesty.org, RedBirdPrisonAbolition.org
MORE ABOUT KNOW YOUR ENEMY
A Theatrical Examination of Police and Prison in America.
Written by Ben Turk, Directed by Kate Pleuss, Performed by Ben Turk – 90 minutes
What does it mean to be a compassionate, dedicated, humane police officer in the country with the world’s highest incarceration rate and a continuing tradition of racial injustice? Know Your Enemy examines the role of police using stripped down interactive theatre, critical understanding of history and the power of silent refusal. Know your history. Know your rights. Know your enemy.
Promo image: http://insurgenttheatre.org/acab/bencop_smile.jpg
MORE ABOUT THE SHADOW OF LUCASVILLE
Follow-up to the award winning documentary film, The Great Incarcerator, part 1: Dark Little Secret
Directed by D Jones – 75 minutes
The Shadow of Lucasville revisits the 1993 uprising at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, one of the longest in U.S. history, while exploring the fight for human rights and media exposure through inmate uprisings in response to mass incarceration and dehumanization supported by the prison industrial complex. After the film, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Jason Robb and Keith Lamar, prisoners who were unjusty sentenced to death following the uprising and have spent the last 20 years in solitary confinement appealing their convictions and resisting supermax confinement will be calling to answer questions from the audience.
Promo image: http://insurgenttheatre.org/acab/shadow.jpg
MORE ABOUT INSURGENT THEATRE
Insurgent Theatre strives to connect performing arts with radical struggles, to make theatre that is relevant, engaging, challenging and useful for those who confront the US police state and global capitalist empire. We’ve been making original theatre since 2003 and also frequently touring the country since 2008 with pointedly political original works like Ulysses’ Crewmen and In the Belly.