Six previously incarcerated women put their lived experiences on stage in a play showing at Fort Point Theater Channel.
Incarceration rates have leapt across the nation, and adapting to life after prison is an increasingly common experience. Fort Point Theater Channel offers us a glimpse at several such stories in Hidden Faces of Courage, a play penned by Mary Cook Driscoll and six previously incarcerated women and funded in part by Mass Humanities. The co-authors intimately know the challenges facing women leaving prison and, with the guidance of instructor and playwright Mary Cook Driscoll, they have explored literature and film—as well as the true stories of other women—to help them reflect on and discuss their personal experiences. The stories told within Hidden Faces are cast from this mold, and explore the strength and resilience of women exiting prison. They must adapt to new circumstances, yet their connections to each other prove enduring.
On With Living and Learning (OWLL), a Boston organization, is the recipient of this grant under the Mass Humanities strategic initiative, Crisis, Community, and Civic Culture. With this initiative, we support those projects that explore social issues as well as the history and promise of collective action to remedy them. OWLL’s Generational Legacy Project received the full $10,000 award for a nine-month project, which began with a series of workshops for previously incarcerated women and will culminate in six performances produced by the Fort Point Theatre Channel this November.
Watch the video below to meet some of the women whose stories are told in Hidden Faces of Courage.