It is exciting to continually learn new things about the theatre and what a wonderful happening theatre is!
I was recently reading an article in the New York Times about Inmate Improv—a fascinating article by Anna Clark about how theatre in a prison in Detroit is being used to prepare men for a life of freedom after they are released—something our society usually fails at.
Clark recounts her time spent working with the inmates, where she acknowledges that “her workshop can be transporting, but it’s impossible to forget where we are.” She also speaks of various skits, such as one where everyone was “laughing helplessly while one inmate played a terrible waiter in a ‘musical,’ singing in improvised rhyme.”
Improvising, after all is the key to help inmates transition from decades of incarceration to dealing with things like cell phones and internet and all the things that you and I take for granted.
Theatre has always served as a communication device throughout the ages, and it is enlightening to see that it is evolving yet again and helping to make an improvement in the real world.
Here is the full article: Inmate Improv.