The mission of the Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe is to Tell Stories of Importance Through Theatre
STORIES FROM THE DEEP
Theater created from true life stories about transforming oppression, addiction, bullying, lockdowns, coronavirus and more into opportunities for growth and healing. The Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe are formerly incarcerated actors who tell stories of importance through theatre.
Admission is Free; Reservations Suggested, Attendance Limited. Additional performances will be added if this one fills up.
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AN EVENING OF IMPROV & PLAYBACK THEATER
DIRECTED BY SURAYA KEATING
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR TONY CYPRIEN
Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 pm at 514 Fourth Street, San Rafael.
Admission is free; donations are accepted. Reservations are suggested byut not required.
STAY TUNED FOR ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE DATES!
Tony Cyprien , Jamal Duckworth, Pamela Ann Keane, Zoe Gardner, Mitzi,
Joey Mason, John Neblett, Lisa Marie Riley
MUSIC BY Tone
ABOUT THE SHOW
This is an interactive experience in which our ensemble will invite you to share feelings, experiences and stories from your lives, and then play them back using methods from Playback Theater (founded by Jonathan Fox), as well as Improvisational theater tools. We hope in this evening to create an environment of deep listening, love and sometimes laughter as we honor each other and our stories.
ABOUT THE RETURNED CITIZENS THEATRE TROUPE
The Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe is a group of formerly incarcerated actors and friends who perform autobiographical theatre and now Playback Theatre. The group seeks to share stories, build empathy, and foster understanding and communication through theatre.
Since 2015, Marin Shakespeare Company’s Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe has given former Shakespeare students from our prison programs the opportunity to continue their study of theatre and acting, to form a support group, and to tell stories of importance through theatre. Under the leadership of Suraya Keating, Marin Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare for Social Justice Director, the group shares their stories with public in order to explore important issues that affect us all, and have a positive impact on our world.
We invite you to join us free of cost for these heartfelt, thought-provoking and inspirational performances as Returned Citizens share true stories of hope, change, and courage from their lives.
The 2019 Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe was sponsored by the Neda Nobari Foundation. We are very grateful to the Neda Nobari Foundation for their support.
This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.
VIDEOS of Previous Productions:
“Nobody Told Us We Were Diamonds: The Story of How I Found Me”
May 20 and 21, 2016
NOBODY TOLD US WE WERE DIAMONDS: THE STORY OF HOW I FOUND ME – video
The inaugural production of autobiographical stories by the Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe, May 20, 2016.
“Changes: Stories of Struggle, Hope & Growth”
June 2 and 3, 2017
CHANGES video – The second production of autobiographical stories by the Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe, June 2, 2017.
May 31, June 1, June 15, 2019
Plus tour performances to Hana School for Boys and Marin’s Community School
BREAKING THROUGH, Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe, Ma 31, 2019
To see videos of Shakespeare in prison performances, “Stories from San Quentin” performances, inmate writing, and photographs, and to hear inmate actors discuss how Shakespeare has changed their lives, click here.
To read articles about Shakespeare for Social Justice on our Blog, click here.
To make a donation in support of Shakespeare for Social Justice, click here.