The transition from in to out is scary.
Doors opening to freedom don’t necessarily stay open as the stigma of felon refuses to fade. And how does one keep pace in this technologically altered reality?
Through arresting visual and sound design, “Brave in a New World” conjures images of confinement and separation, hurdles and bridges, shadows of the past looming over the present, and the strength and courage of children affected by incarceration as well as their loved ones who have served their time.
The evening-length work features women and men who have re-entered society from state prison with the professional Ensemble of the Judy Dworin Performance Project and the voices of children who have parents in prison.
The Judy Dworin Performance Project is committed to exploring issues of social inequity and social justice. “In My Shoes” and its sequel “Brave in a New World” are ambitious outgrowths of the residency work they began in 2005 and still continue at York Correctional Institution, the only Connecticut State prison for female offenders and more recently at Cybulski Reintegration Center for men.
I have always valued art for the ability to help you think outside the box and this one certainly did. —audience member
The … stories, beginning in childhood and running through the issues of re-entry, track the course of works ranging from The Odyssey and The Aeneid to medieval romances and even a great American epic like Moby Dick. What does it mean to come home, all of these works ask, when that is all you want to do, but you’ve experienced what no one at home can ever really know and that has profoundly changed you? It was a remarkable and beautiful show, and I hope it will get offered many times to come. —audience member
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