“What you will see tonight is entertainment but what I see is rehabilitation.” Brian Fischer, 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, play reading, script analysis, character study, devised theatre and offstage training.
“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
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|
|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|