Thursday, May 29
7pm: Forum Theatre
Performances created by troupes from CASES, The Ali Forney Center, and Housing Works. Experience scenes addressing discrimination in the criminal justice system and intervene as a spect-actor! Reception to follow.
Friday, May 30 - SOLD OUT, join the waitlist at the door!
6pm: Criminal Justice Info Fair
Chat with policy advocates, get informed, and prepare for the Legislative Theatre process. SNOWDAY, Drive Change's food truck will be in the parking lot!
7pm: Legislative Theatre
The troupes perform their scenes and in response, the audience collaborates with policymakers to theatrically brainstorm ways to address the issues at a policy level. Following debate and a participatory vote, representatives from the New York City Council, the Mayor's Office, and the federal government commit to bringing these proposals to their respective chambers.
Participating NYC Council Members: Jimmy Van Bramer (District 26), Corey Johnson (District 3), Carlos Mechaca (District 38), Helen Rosenthal (District 6), Karina Claudio-Betancourt (Office of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito).
Saturday, May 31
11am: Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop - Registration full, join the waitlist online
Join the troupe members and TONYC Joker Team to learn the games and exercises behind building a forum theatre play! Workshop is full. Please sign up for the waitlist.
1pm: The Castle by the Fortune Society
Inspired by the Fortune Society’s resident-home in upper Manhattan, The Castle is an original play featuring personal accounts of formerly incarcerated individuals and their re-entry into society.
2:30pm: Legislative Theatre
Introductory remarks by Susan Herman, President, ACLU, and Centennial Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School. The troupes perform their scenes and in response, the audience collaborates with policymakers working on criminal justice affairs to brainstorm ways to address the issues at a policy level. Closing reception to follow.