Mariposa & The SaintActor / Featured / Playwright / Producer
From Solitary Confinement, A Play Through Letters
In 2012, Mariposa was sentenced to fifteen months in solitary confinement. Through letters with longtime friend and current collaborator, Julia Steele Allen, Mariposa brings her experience to the stage.
- Written by Sara (Mariposa) Fonseca & Julia Steele Allen
- Directed by Noelle Ghoussaini
- Featuring Ray Huth & Julia Steele Allen
- Assistant Director/Stage Manager Michi Osato
The premiere performances of Mariposa & the Saint were held in New York City in December 2014, presented in collaboration with the NY Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC).
The play is currently touring nationally. To inquire about booking: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mariposa & the Saint begins our 2017 tour with a performance at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill on Thursday, March 2nd. We will follow this with a second Massachusetts tour in late March, and performances in the North Country of NY State in Sept 2017
Please see our calendar for more detailed information!
On Friday, June 24, 2016, Mariposa & the Saint wrapped up the 2015-2016 National Tour with a show in Washington, DC.
As of Sept 2017, the team has performed the play over 70 times, since premiering in December 2014.
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- ACLU of Colorado
- All Of Us Or None, North Carolina
- California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP)
- California Families Against Solitary Confinement
- Decarcerate PA
- End Mass Incarceration Together (EMIT)
- Let’s Get Free Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee
- National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT)
- NY Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC)
- Prisoners Legal Services of Massachusetts
- Solitary Watch
- Texas Prison Justice League
Responses from the audience
Scott Paltrowitz/ Correctional Association of NY and Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC)
“I am awed and humbled by the incredibly moving performance of Mariposa & the Saint. Julia Steele Allen’s representation of Mariposa’s letters vividly portrays the devastation inflicted by incarceration and solitary confinement. The sadness, anger, love, and inspiration the play engenders will help grow a movement to end the torture of solitary confinement, challenge mass incarceration, and create more humane and effective alternatives.”
Rev. Laura Markle DowntonDirector of U.S. Prisons Policy & Program / National Religious Campaign Against Torture
“Mariposa & the Saint is stunning - it speaks to the profound inhumanity and torture of solitary confinement as well as the incredible resilience of the human spirit. Mariposa’s story is one I now carry with me in a visceral and alive place. I believe the boldness with which it is shared in Julia’s performance, will open hearts to the moral necessity of ending the torture of solitary. This is a must-see, and a must-share. And it will stir a must-respond from all who encounter it.”
“I was greatly moved by Mariposa & The Saint. The way in which the character struggles to not only cope with an unbearable reality, but her own inner struggles to understand such a dehumanizing environment, is something every person should see. As someone who spent thirteen years incarcerated and three of those years in solitary confinement, I highly recommend it.”
Dan SiegelAudience member at Corrections Summit in Sacramento
"I saw the play last night at the Ninth Circuit Conference. Best I have seen on solitary. I have met with dozens of prisoners at Pelican Bay, Tehachapi and San Quentin for the Ashker and Lopez cases. Julia does a great job of capturing the intensity, ambiguity, and determination of many of my clients."
"Absolutely phenomenal show. I never expected to be so moved, outraged, educated and empowered. Thank you."
"Brutal and haunting. Thank you so much. Fantastic work."