Dramatic Escape

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Dramatic Escape

Q&A with Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA) alumni, followed by a reception in the Jane Peck Gallery

Dramatic Escape, a feature-length documentary, transports viewers into the lives of a group of incarcerated men at a maximum-security prison who are attempting to mount a behind-bars stage production of A Few Good Men at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York. Tracing the journey from auditions through curtain call, viewers witness the development of these men as individuals and as an ensemble. Personal stories and candid accounts of the crimes that landed them in prison are interwoven with everyday struggles and philosophical considerations of the nature of redemption.

RTA helps people in prison develop critical life skills through the arts, modeling an approach to the justice system based on human dignity rather than punishment.

At this special screening and reception, we’ll be joined by nearly 20 men who were featured in the documentary and have since been released.


Q&A with cast members and RTA alumni followed by a reception in the Jane Peck Gallery
Thursday, Sep. 29 2022, 7:00
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  • Charles Moore, Moderator – Charles was involved with RTA for nearly 15 years at Sing Sing and Woodbourne Correctional Facilities and now serves as RTA’s Director of Operations.
  • Clarence Maclin – Clarence was a Stage Manager for RTA’s production of A Few Good Men at Sing Sing, and his story line is a highlight of the documentary. Clarence is now Youth Coordinator at Lincoln Hall Boys’ Haven, striving to help young men avoid the mistakes he made.
  • Kenyatta Emmanuel – Kenyatta played Lieutenant Colonel Nathan Jessup in the production. He is now an Artist in Residence at the Initiative for a Just Society at Columbia University.
  • Rashawn Smalls – Rashawn played Corporal Jeffrey Howard and was the Assistant Director of the production. He is now Community Engagement Program Manager for Advancing Tobacco Free Communities at Cicatelli Associates, Inc.

This film is part of the Community Matters: Now More Than Ever series.

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