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The Power of Grace: Play and Discussion

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton

Power of Grace

A group of women formerly incarcerated in Illinois will share their thoughts and feelings about being incarcerated when a play called “The Power of Grace” is presented by ESTHER-Fox Valley and Fox Cities EXPO (Ex-Prisoners Organizing). The presentation is supported by a Bright Idea Fund grant from the Community Foundation and will be follow by a panel discussion.

The short theatrical piece was created from poetry written by the women. It was created in partnership with Grace House, a transitional home for women exiting the Illinois prison system, and as as part of the Chicago-based Still Point Theater Collective’s “Persephone Project.” The script communicates the story of incarcerated women to the general public in order to break down stereotypes and encourage awareness regarding the U.S. criminal justice system.

This raw, moving performance explores the life journeys of the individual performers and shares insights on what grace has meant to each of them. Confronting abuses past and present, the characters embark on a journey of healing and growth. Presented from the prisoner’s point of view, the play is a window into the personal experience of incarceration, and represents a ritual of self-liberation.

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