Getting Out: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Marsha Norman Teams Up with Women in Prison Project for a Stellar Benefit Evening on June 9
The Women in Prison Project is planning an exciting dramatic evening for Monday, June 9, when Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright Marsha Norman (‘night, Mother), will host a staged reading of her first play, Getting Out . Acclaimed actor/director Bob Balaban (The Exonerated, Gosford Park) will direct the performance. Ms. Norman and Whoopi Goldberg are honorary Co-Chairs of the event. Oscar winner Hilary Swank will star in the leading role of Arlene, a woman parolee returning home after serving eight years for homicide.
Getting Outvibrantly portrays both the hope and remorse of Arlene and the rebellion and pain of Arlie, the younger, destructive self Arlene has tried to put behind her. Voted the best new play produced by a regional theater by the American Theatre Critics Association, it appeared in a shortened version in The Best Plays of 1977-1978.
This event marks the first major reading or production of the play in New York since the 1970s. It will follow the June 3rd opening of Ms. Norman’s new play, Last Dance, at the Manhattan Theatre Club. The Project is securing a 400-seat venue for the Getting Out production and will publicize it widely in the entertainment press and other news outlets. HBO will sponsor a reception with Ms. Norman, Mr. Balaban, and the cast following the performance.
Getting Out promises not only to raise funds for the Project’s important work, but also to increase public awareness about women in prison and to establish and strengthen relationships with artists in the hope of ongoing collaboration.
CA Applauds Commitment to Raise the Age in Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address, Laments No Mention of Racism, Violence, and Abuse in NYS Prisons
(January 9, 2016) New York, NY: The Correctional Association of New York roundly applauds the continued commitment of Governor Andrew Cuomo to raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York, ending the prosecution and incarceration of 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. It is now up to the members of both parties in the NYS Legislature to do their duty to make this a reality. In spite of the Governor’s assertion that the "nation looks to NY to find a way up," we actually fall behind 48 other states, along with North Carolina, by continuing to treat children as adults in the criminal legal system. New York must Raise the Age of criminal responsibility this legislative session. Read More
New York remains one of only 2 states in the nation treating 16 and 17 year-olds as something they are not — adults— in our criminal justice system. This archaic approach increases the likelihood of more crime, more severe crime, and seriously damages the education, employment and long-term life prospects of our youth, particularly the [...]Read More
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Attica Correctional Facility, a 2,000-bed maximum security prison in western New York, continues to operate as a symbolic and real epicenter of state violence and abuse of incarcerated persons in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) state prison system 43 years after the 1971 prison uprising and violent suppression by state authorities. The [...]Read More
Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco, director of the Correctional Association's Juvenile Justice Project, testified before the New York State Legislature on the Governor’s proposed budget for 2013-2014.Read More