Stateville Voices

STARTS 7/3/2020

A Festival of Short Plays from the Northwestern Prison Education Program

LIVE on Facebook, YouTube and GoodmanTheatre.org/Stateville on Friday, July 3. The readings will take place at 5pm with the panel discussion at 6pm.

In the spring of 2019, through the Northwestern Prison Education Program (NPEP), playwright and Goodman Artistic Associate, Rebecca Gilman, taught playwriting at the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, IL. The students embraced their first playwriting class and, for their final projects, each wrote a short play. Ranging from comic to tragic, the plays tackle subjects as unique, original, and inspiring as the men who wrote them. 

Prior to the COVID-19 shutdown, we planned to offer three live performances of the Stateville Voices plays: one at the Goodman, one at Kennedy-King College and one at Stateville. We still intend to present live readings at the Goodman and Kennedy-King once it is safe to do so. We also want to take the plays to Stateville when the prison is no longer on lockdown. 

However, given that the population at Stateville has been one of the hardest hit by COVID19 in the country, we felt it was urgent to present a live virtual event featuring some of the Stateville Voices plays as well as a panel discussion looking at what life is like at Stateville at the present moment.

The live virtual event will take place on July 3rd. The virtual readings of Andre Patterson’s Parameters of ClosenessTaurean Decatur’s Ain’t Nothing Like Quality Time and Antonio McDowell’s Comic Books and Candy will all be directed by former Maggio Fellow, Sydney Chatman.

We will also produce audio recordings of four additional plays and the links will be posted on the Goodman’s website. Chatman, a former Goodman Maggio Directing Fellow, will direct all six plays.

We look forward to the day we can gather in person and present all 21 short plays, as planned, at the Goodman and at Kennedy King College. Until then, we’re offering this smaller selection of plays to draw attention to and celebrate the Stateville students and the mission of NPEP – to transform lives through education.  

WATCH THE PERFORMANCE | FRIDAY, JULY 3 AT 5PM

 

WATCH PANEL DISCUSSION | FRIDAY, JULY 3 AT 6PM

 

LISTEN TO AUDIO PLAYS NOW

ABOUT NPEP

The Northwestern Prison Education Program (NPEP) is an initiative of Northwestern University to provide a high-quality liberal arts education to incarcerated students in Illinois in partnership with Oakton Community College and the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). NPEP fills a vital need by being the only degree-granting program in the state providing a full liberal arts curriculum—humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and STEM courses—to incarcerated students. NPEP accepts applications from facilities throughout the state, including from medium- and maximum-security prisons, enabling it to have statewide impact and to reach students at various stages of their incarceration. The liberal arts degrees conferred by NPEP prepare students for success across a broad range of future pursuits and add value to the lives of both the students and their teachers.

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