COUNT: Stories from America’s Death Row
SERVING LIFE: PROJECT COMPONENT
A full-length play (COUNT) co-created with men on death rows, written by Lynden Harris and directed by Kathryn Williams. Supported by a MAP Fund award. World premiere PlayMakers Repertory Company August 2017.
"There is irony in the playwright’s choice to set the play on New Year’s Eve — these men have no “new year” ahead of them, and they are unable to participate in the celebration that is shared across our culture."
COUNT: THE CONVERSATION
A “digital tour and toolkit” created in partnership with PlayMakers Repertory as an avenue for venues to participate in an evening of conversation and community readings of RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW.
COUNT: THE CONVERSATION is a moment to connect communities across the state as we re-consider and re-vision our state of incarceration.
The Conversation began as a collaboration between PlayMakers Repertory Company and Hidden Voices and as an outgrowth of SERVING LIFE: ReVisioning Justice, a community call and response between public audiences and the most hidden members of our society. Since 2013, Hidden Voices has collaborated with men on death rows across the country to envision a multi-arts project able to generate the civic will to revision justice. By challenging our assumptions about guilt and innocence and by providing a vehicle for the public to connect with the actual lives hidden within an impenetrable system, we reinvigorate some fundamental questions.
HOW TO HOST A COMMUNITY READING OF MONOLOGUES: RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW
Sharing this call and response is powerful. The stories explore personal experiences with mental illness, poverty, educational policy failures, police indifference and violence, and judicial misconduct, even as they reveal great humor, affection, kindness, and transformative love. The stories are an invitation to enter a kind of communion with these men. Such connection is galvanizing and restorative, for what is liberation but a binding together in healing and restoration? Below you can view and download Count: The Conversation
REVIEWS and ARTICLES:
“We found the play and the talkback to be quite engaging, and we heartily recommend both. Count: Stories from America’s Death Rows is co-produced by Hidden Voices, a collective founded by playwright Lynden Harris, which describes itself as “a radically inclusive, participatory, and co-creative collective committed to creating just, compassionate, and sustainable relationships.” by PAMELA VESPER AND KURT BENRUD • AUGUST 24, 2017