WHAT IS REENTRY?
People returning to our community after being in jail or prison face challenges to employment and housing, as well as access to adequate mental health care and basic services. Many face discrimination and isolation due to society’s belief in the negative stereotypes of people who have been incarcerated. Many have lost connections to their families and friends and find reconnection and recovery after incarceration full of seemingly insurmountable challenges. These individuals are going through Reentry.
Reentry refers to the transition of our community members from prisons or jails back into the community. Nationally, more than 650,000 people are released from state and federal prisons every year. An even greater number is released from local jails. Two-thirds of these community members will be rearrested and many will be reincarcerated within three years of their release.
EMPLOYMENT THROUGH THE ARTS:
REENTRY THEATRE PROGRAM
We all deserve a chance to grow.
What if there was a place for people who have been incarcerated to create community together and help each other face life on the outside?
What if that place provided a structure for participants to imagine and develop creativity, leadership, and collaboration skills?
What if the people who have been through the difficult, and often damaging, experience of incarceration, go through this positive experience together and have a chance to create a piece of theatre to share with the community?
What if potential employers and community members were invited to a performance of that theatre piece and asked to consider our role in supporting our fellows in success after incarceration?
We invite you to support the budding playwrights of the ReEntry Theatre Program on April 22nd as they share short plays about their experiences. They have named the show “A Setback Ain’t Nothing but a Setup for a Comeback.”
presented Free of Charge
on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 @ 6:30pm
At the Hangar Theatre
801 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca NY
Please join us for a reception following the performance to congratulate the playwrights!
ReEntry playwriting session on April 8th, 2015:
(Photos by Durst Breneiser)