Julia Steele Allen

Understanding Solitary Confinement through Mariposa & the Saint, A Play for Two Nights Only

c/o Julia Steele Allen. Mariposa & the Saint: From Solitary Confinement, A Play Through Letters press photo.
c/o Julia Steele Allen. Mariposa & the Saint:
From Solitary Confinement, A Play Through Letters press photo.

Tonight and tomorrow night’s performances of Julia Steele Allen’s play, Mariposa & the Saint: From Solitary Confinement, A Play through Letters, begin the national tour of the one-act production. In the span of 45 minutes, we “travel with Mariposa over two and half years of her confinement in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) of a California women’s prison, including into her memories and her imagination,” says Allen.

The story “reveals both the devastating effects of long-term isolated confinement, and, as [Mariposa] says: ‘the magic that comes with the struggle to keep your spirit alive.’” Mariposa & the Saint: From Solitary Confinement, A Play through Letters will be at St. Paul’s Theater (334 South 5th St.) September 17th and 18th at 7:00 pm. Both showings will be followed by a 45-minute dialogue about the detrimental effects of confinement.

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