INTERSECTIONS is an original theatre project based on a variety of perspectives from current and former incarcerated Vermonters and their loved ones. In light of the popularity of Orange is the New Black, national awareness of our mass incarceration crisis, and prisoners’ deaths and suicides from years spent in solitary confinement, we consider INTERSECTIONS to be a call to action that explores why and how Vermonters should care about incarceration.
Too often we think that unless we know someone in jail or prison, the criminal justice system does not affect us. In truth, incarceration impacts all of us. INTERSECTIONS serves to build an awareness of the faces behind the masks: those housed in prison cells who are too poor to afford bail, on probation with strict terms and conditions of release, formerly incarcerated unable to find jobs or housing, whose responses to trauma have been criminalized… as well as correctional facility staff, parents, children, and spouses of Vermonters incarcerated out of state. Thousands of members of our community are impacted by incarceration and the intersections of race, gender, sentencing guidelines, criminalized behaviors, and poverty. Every one of them has a story, and it is these stories we perform.
Our performances vary from production to production based on venue, audience, stories we have written and/or received, and the current state of incarceration in Vermont. This allows the INTERSECTIONS team to have a rotating cast and script depending on the state of criminal justice reform and those impacted by the Vermont and federal criminal legal systems.
Sparked by a call to artists by Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, INTERSECTIONS was first produced by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in FlynnSpace on November 3rd and 4th, 2015.
This project has received support from:
Sources & Inspiration for the project:
Letters from VT inmates in Vermont & Kentucky to former State Representative Suzi Wizowaty
Residents of East Allen Street Dismas House
Incarcerated survivors of sexual & domestic violence
Interviews with family members of incarcerated Vermonters
The Battered Women’s Justice Project