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Theater Thursdays Play Reading Series

Someone is Sure to Come

by Ellen W. Kaplan

directed by Hilary Dennis

November 11, 2021

7:30 p.m.

A lyrical play that looks at the challenges of serving interminable sentences. Fantasy and poetry combine to create a kaleidoscopic portrait of life “inside.”

Five prisoners offer poetry and monologues about facing execution, the living death of life without parole, and decades in solitary confinement, while a young woman feels like she is going mad, having absorbed the experience of her friends inside. She is disoriented, powerless, afloat on an imaginary iceberg in the Arctic Ocean, seeing things, hearing voices, forgetting the facts of her life, utterly disoriented and powerless. Others come and go – a guard; imagined orca in the ocean; people inside and out, all locked into their own kinds of prisons – of prejudice, or ignorance, or fear. This original play combines the writing of present-day inmates on Death Row and serving Life Without Parole, many of these people have been in solitary confinement for decades. The author has developed significant friendships with each person, all of whom contribute to a play that presents a deeply felt, humanizing portrait of the lived experience of interminable sentences.

This play reading includes sensitive subject matter.

Following the reading, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback to the playwright.

Theater Thursdays is supported in part by a grant from the Greenfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Conway, Deerfield, Northfield, and Shelburne Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Seating capacity is limited, please register for this free event on Eventbrite.

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