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Upcoming Events

And I and Silence

Talkbacks (post-show): September 2 & 9
Backstage Pass (pre-show): September 10
World of the Play:  September 13 at 4:15pm 

“Women Prisoners and America’s Incarceration Crisis”: Although women represent the fastest growing segment of America’s prison population, popular and scholarly attention has largely neglected the needs, challenges and rights specific to incarcerated women. This panel will consider the evolving attitudes toward women’s imprisonment, from the reformatory ideal of the Progressive Era to the current mass incarceration crisis and the War on Drugs—as well as the ways in which the criminal justice system perpetuates sexual and racial injustice. How did America’s incarceration crisis come about, and how has it uniquely affected women, their families and communities? What forms of discrimination, neglect and violence do women prisoners face? What obstacles do they encounter upon release? What ways do they find to resist?Can we as a society envision a more just system?

MARY JOHNSON (panelist) is currently the Clinical Director of Coming Home at St. Luke's Hospital, where she has managed a program related to health care for men and women coming home from prison for the past eight years. Mary received her Master's Degree in Social Work from Hunter College in 2004 and was named Student of the year by NASW for her exemplary work as an advocate and for her dedication to improving the lives of formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. Mary served a 15-to-life sentence in prison at the age of 18.

VICTORIA LAW (panelist) is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women, which won the 2009 PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) award. She frequently writes and speaks about the intersections between mass incarceration, gender and resistance. Victoria has over ten years of experience working with writers to shape and revise their works for publication. Since 2003, she has edited Tenacious: Art and Writings by Women in Prison. In addition, she has worked with incarcerated women to develop their writings for other publications. Victoria has also worked with writers outside of prison, and is the co-editor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities.

VIVIAN NIXON (panelist) is Executive Director of College and Community Fellowship (CCF), an organization committed to removing individual and structural barriers to higher education for women with criminal record histories and their families. She identifies her most valued and life-changing experience as the time she spent as a peer educator in the adult basic education program at Albion State Correctional Facility in New York. Rev. Nixon is ordained by the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) and currently serves as an associate minister at Mt. Zion AMEC in New York City. She has received multiple honors and awards including the John Jay Medal for Justice, the Ascend Fellowship at the Aspen Institute, the Soros Justice Fellowship, and the Petra Foundation Fellowship. Her leadership activities include co-founding the Education Inside Out Coalition (EIO), a collaborative effort to increase access to higher education for justice involved students. Rev. Nixon holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York Empire College where she is continuing graduate studies. She is currently a Columbia University Community Scholar.

BRIAN PHILLIPS (moderator) is the co-editor of the Journal of Human Rights Practice, published by Oxford University Press. Based now in Toronto, he presently works as an independent human rights consultant. From 2003 until 2006, he was Chair of the Oxford Brookes University MA program in Humanitarian and Development Practice (UK) – where he was also Senior Lecturer in Human Rights Practice. He worked as a campaigner and educator for Amnesty International in London from 1989 – 2001 – and was the Campaign Coordinator for the organization’s Europe Regional Program from 1995 - 2001.


Signature Book Club: September 11 at 7:30pm; Naomi Wallace’s One Flea Spare and The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek

The Wayside Motor Inn

Talkbacks (post-show): September 2, 9, 16
Backstage Pass (pre-show): September 17
Signature Book Club: September 11 at 7:30pm; Naomi Wallace’s One Flea Spare and The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek

supplemental program DESCRIPTIONS:

  • Talkback Series: Learn about the process of putting on a production, what it's like to play the characters, what goes on behind the scenes, and much more in this post-show Q&A session with the cast and creative team.
  • Book Club: Delve into the context of a Signature playwright’s work by discussing a related book or play and explore theatre's connection to other art forms through a guided discussion with Signature's literary staff.
  • Backstage Pass: Get an inside look at the mechanics behind the magic in this pre-show discussion with one of the show's designers. Learn how design shapes the audience experience and transforms a production.
  • Page to Stage: Hear the full story on how artists transform an idea into a play through a moderated discussion with members of the Artistic Team.
  • Signature Cinema:  Theatre and cinema meet in this screening series of movies related to Signature playwrights and productions. Past movies have included Tender Mercies, Lackawanna Blues, Enter the Dragon, and Margaret. 
  • The World of the Play: Explore cultural themes in the play and gain insight into the intellectual context for the work in this moderated discussion, featuring a panel of scholars, experts and artists.
  • The Art of Collaboration: Dig deep into the relationship of multiple artists to understand how their creative dynamic has changed over time in this pre-show conversation between longtime artistic collaborators.

IMAGE: Zachary Quinto in Angels in America by Tony Kushner. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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Sunday, March 2nd at 2PM