“Prison Stories V” will be staged Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14, at 8:00 pm at TheatreSouth, located in the basement of First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper St.
In late 2009, Memphian Elaine Blanchard, a member of theatre troupe Voices of the South, approached the Shelby County Division of Corrections requesting that she be allowed to listen to women behind bars – 12 at a time, who would sit with Blanchard in a circle twice a week for 90 minutes at a time, over a period of four months. January 2010 saw the birth of Prison Stories, a long-term project inviting women in prison to openly communicate their stories of family, motherhood, violence, crime, love and loss.
After the end of each session, the women’s stories are interpreted on stage for the public by local actresses. The upcoming installment is directed by Irene Crist, stage managed by Gail Black and performed by Leah Nichols, Mandy Martin, Brooke Sarden, Jaclyn Suffel, Randi Sluder and Ann Wallace, with Tamar Love playing cello.
The goal of Prison Stories is to create improved future stories for the Memphis community as a whole.
Contact Voices of the South for ticket information.