V-Day Annual Report 2016 - ONE BILLION RISING: RISE FOR REVOLUTION 1 - Page 58

PERFORMANCES IN PRISONS BY PRISONERS AND FORMERLY INCARCERATED WOMEN 2016 was the year of the prison performance in the United States. While there have previously been other stand-alone performances inside prisons, this year we saw an escalation of efforts and attention given to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated populations. Local activists MighteeShero Productions did a one-week tour of NYC area correctional facilities and re-entry programs. Sites included Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, The Fortune Society in Long Island City, Edgecombe Residential Treatment Facility in Manhattan, and Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. The cast was a diverse collection of professional actresses, formerly incarcerated women and advocates. Quartz covered the historic performance for an entirely male prison population. In Tulsa, inmates produced The Vagina Monologues for their fellow inmates, with the help of Poetic Justice, a local organization that hosts writing workshops in the facility.