With the steadfast support of Director and Dramaturge, Noelle Ghoussaini, Mariposa & the Saint has gone through a healthy development process. Michi Osato, Stage Manager/Assistant Director, and Zach Wymore, the “Corrections Officer,” have brought a tremendous amount of creativity and depth to the play as well.
- Our first workshop performance for an invited audience was in June 2014 at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance & Politics in New York City.
- The opening performance was a free event, held at Judson Memorial Church in New York City on December 18, 2014 after a two-month rehearsal process that included generous donated space and time from Judson Memorial Church.
- That weekend we held two other performances at BAX in Brooklyn.
The December performances included a 45-minute workshop/dialogue with the NY Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC), one of our lead partners. All members of the audience participated in a letter writing campaign to their legislators in support of the HALT Solitary Confinement Act.
- In March 2015 we did an upstate NY tour with CAIC to Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester and also to Long Island, using the play as an outreach/engagement tool towards the CAIC Advocacy Day in Albany in April 2015.
In May 2015, we brought the play to California, partnering with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) and doing four performances, two of which were benefit shows, raising thousands of dollars for CCWP’s vital work. We performed at:
- Stagewerx, San Francisco
- UC Berkeley
- San Francisco State
- La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley
All audiences took part in concrete action steps to further CCWP’s campaign work:
- Signing letters urging an independent investigation into the many recent deaths by suicide and medical neglect at the southern CA prison where Mariposa is now.
- In response to a petition campaign led by Mariposa, calling the prison directly to challenge them on their decision to cut 45% of mental health services for the women in her unit.