SERVING LIFE

REVISIONING JUSTICE


SERVING LIFE is 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.  Who is innocent?  Who is harmed?  How do we heal centuries of oppression?  What needs to change for our criminal justice system to reflect a community dedicated to equity and inclusion?


SERVING LIFE PROJECT COMPONENTS:

SERVING LIFE ON DEATH ROW:  A full-length play co-created and performed by residents of death row.

• RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW:  A cycle of 30 monologues sharing stories from death row and designed as a community reading for installation openings, conferences, classes, and events. 

COUNT:  Stories from America’s Death Row.  A full-length play written by Lynden Harris and directed by Kathryn Hunter-Williams, premiered by PlayMakers Repertory Company. 

• 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.

• A GOOD BOY:  An opera/ music theater work-in-progress sharing stories from the families of those on death row. 

• STANDING ON LOVE exhibit:  Portraits and reflections from family members living with a loved one on death row. 

 

PERFORMANCE

Stories from America’s Death Row. A full-length play written by Lynden Harris and directed by Kathryn Hunter-Williams, premiered by PlayMakers Repertory Company. Supported by a MAP Fund award.

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Serving life explores race, class, compassion, and justice with men on death row and those sentenced as children to life without parole.

SERVING LIFE is a community call and response between public audiences and the most hidden members of our society. Since 2013, Hidden Voices has been collaborating 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 often impenetrable system, we reinvigorate some fundamental questions. Who is innocent? Who is harmed? How do we heal centuries of oppression? What needs to change for our criminal justice system to reflect a community dedicated to equity and inclusion? 

Photo: COUNT, World premiere PlayMakers Repertory Company


EXHIBIT 

A traveling, interactive installation that includes Life Maps by incarcerated men, large scale artist renderings of elements from those maps, and Virtual Reality pieces. Exhibit debut August 2017 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A cycle of 30 monologues, co-created with men on death rows, to be shared as community readings at installation openings, conferences, and events. Supported by the Paul Green Foundation and the Fund for Southern Communities.


Call and Response

 
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MORE

SERVING LIFE: ReVisioning Justice - 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.


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

http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/2017/08/counts-six-highly-skilled-actors-create-a-chillingly-real-death-row-pod-at-prc/

http://playmakersrep.org/press/unc-process-series-presents-count-lynden-harris-hidden-voices/

https://indyweek.com/culture/archives/theater-review-count-dispels-anesthetic-distance-death-row/


WHERE WE’VE BEEN

SERVING LIFE:

The Rubenstein Arts Center, Duke University

Pleiades Arts, Inc. was awarded a grant in support of this exhibit by the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

STANDING ON LOVE: Duke Chapel

COUNT, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill, NC

AT EASE,UNC-Chapel Hill Student Union gallery for the opening reception for AT EASE: Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide and a reading of monologues from military service members, veterans, and their families.