Of Mice and Men, Sing Sing, 2007

Of Mice and Men, Sing Sing, 2007

Theatre

“What you will see tonight is entertainment, but what I see is rehabilitation.” Brian Fischer, former Commissioner, NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Theatre is central to RTA’s program. It allows us to put ourselves in another’s shoes, try out new emotions, choices and ways of communicating. It develops empathy and deepens understanding.

Performances focus on collaborative projects in which each person shares responsibility for the group’s success.

RTA’s theatre program includes full-scale and workshop productions, improvisation, Shakespeare studies, play reading, script analysis, character study, and devised, physical and forum theatre.

“When I act out someone else’s experiences I touch on their emotions. I’ve connected to another human, another family, another community.”Clarence, Prisoner-Participant

Inmates perform "Starting Over" in Sing Sing

Inmates perform “Starting Over” in Sing Sing

Plays produced by RTA at Sing Sing and other New York State prisons include:

Superior Donuts The Bullpen
Starting Over Two Trains Running
Macbeth Of Mice and Men
West Side Story Oedipus Rex
Jitney SLAM
Voices from Within A Few Good Men
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 12 Angry Men
The N_____ Trial Stories From The Inside Out
Breakin’ the Mummy’s Code Fine Print
In The Silence of the Heart Stratford’s Decision
Reality in Motion The Sacrifice
An Evening of Theatre, Four Original One-Act Plays When We’re Home