They talk freely of their own pain but have a harder time talking about the pain they have caused others. One in nine black men between the ages of 20 and 34 is behind bars. Rather it illuminates a dark corner of our own society, a place beyond the pale and outside our circle of friends and acquaintances.
Apparently Tolstoy was wrong. The stories flowed freely, and the air was palpable. Kudos to David Rothenberg and the Fortune Society. Feel free to add detailed comments in the body of the email. But it is deeply moving and important in a way seldom achieved on the stage today.
At the same time it is a tribute to the extraordinary work accomplished at The Castle, the one place, where all violence is band, for people who have known little but violence all their lives.
The Castle should also be brought to as many middle schools and high schools as resources will allow. Ramos dressed like a professor and drew the audience in. The statistics relating to prisons and their inmates are indeed troubling. What persisted poignantly throughout this event was the vast failure of the American prison system, especially in rehabilitation and probation.
For Harrigan it was Christian faith and the love of a woman. Is the family of the person Ramos killed still mourning their loved one? Now they are all tax-paying citizens. What happened to the people Donovan sold drugs to?
Eventually Rothenberg suggested they create a theater piece based on the life of Hakiim and other residents. Rehabilitation, what brought these people to salvation, is the most winning element of The Castle.
While Angel Ramos spoke with quiet dignity now a practicing QuakerCasimiro Torres spoke on the edge of raw grief. About two-thirds of the prisoners released each year will return to prison within three years. The result is a powerful testament to the resiliency and determination of the human spirit.
We all have one thing in common. Unhappy families are not so different after all; they are all mired in similar misery. The stories are all painfully similar. Vilma Ortiz Donovan tearfully exposed her troubles and torment, but with newfound strength and focus.
And, each speaker has a unique point in time, when the hurdles were overcome and The Castle changed the future. They involve broken homes, substance abuse and neglect.
Their shared histories sometimes merged in a natural rhythm, as each speaker took turns with a passage or tale, a veritable collage of suffering. For Ramos it was the quiet prayer of the Quakers. Torres attributes his rehabilitation to his desire to be a good husband and father.
The audience is invited to remain after the program for questions and feedback, led by Eric Krebs from the aisle. Click here for tickets. Kenneth Harrigan, who looked like a basketball player in a suit, studied law and assists newly released convicts.
As they sit on their stools, set up behind lecterns, they each recount the events that led to incarceration. A large portion of prisoners return again and again, for the same or similar crimes, as drugs are punished, not treated as a disease, and the halfway houses are mostly violent. One word that keeps coming up in The Castle is "choice.
I recommend The Castle as an illuminating learning experience, a riveting theatrical experience, and an inspiration to change the politics of the prison system.Now David Rothenberg has woven together the different roles of his career in a revealing and inspirational autobiography, 'Fortune in My Eyes: A Memoir of Broadway Glamour, Social Justice and Political Passion' (Applause, $)/5(10).
Fortune in My Eyes by David Rothenberg (Applause Books). David Rothenberg's multilayered life thrust him into Broadway's brightest lights, prison riots, political campaigns, civil rights sit-ins, and a Central American civil war.
Rabbi, tzaddik, shaman: there may be something of all of these in David Rothenberg, who was celebrated Feb. 24 at an “Evening With David”. Our mission is to support successful reentry from incarceration and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities.
Apr 28, · Victor Rojas, left, Ervin “Easy” Hunt, David Rothenberg, Vilma Ortiz Donovan, Rory Anderson discuss the difficulties former prisoners have re-entering society through the play “The Castle II.
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