The Dayroom Club by Patty Prewitt, Broadcast Premiere Of The Award Winning Play
Prison Performing Arts, St. Louis Missouri, produced The Dayroom Club by Patty Prewitt as a radio podcast in 2018 from a workshop cast of inmates at the Women’s Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Vandalia, MO, (WERDCC) whose stories inspired Ms. Prewitt’s original play. The production was directed by PPA’s Artistic Director Christopher Limber.
Jaws of Justice Radio, Prison Performing Arts and Patty Prewitt have been working for almost a year to bring the Award winning play The Dayroom Club to the airwaves for the first time. This look into the day to day routine at the Women’s Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Vandalia, MO also gives us a lesson in the humanity of those that are incarcerated. Although their lives are regulated 24 hours a day these women still try to find a way to be a part of the important events, sorrowful and joyful occasions of their family and loved ones on the outside. It is in part being deprived of that involvement that brings them together as a family behind bars, their bonds of love and friendship built over time.
A special Two Hour Broadcast of Jaws of Justice Radio
In the first hour of the broadcast (9-10 AM) we will present the recording of The Dayroom Club as well as our calendar of events. We hope you will stick around for the second hour of our broadcast (10-11 AM) when we will play interviews with the playwright, Patty Prewitt, the recording engineer and editor, Katie Leemon (also an inmate) and the director of the play as well as Creative Director of Prison Performing Arts Christopher Limber.
Prison Performing Arts
website – http://prisonartsstl.org/
Address – 3547 Olive Street, Suite 250, St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone – 314.289.4190
Face Book page – https://www.facebook.com/PrisonPerformingArts/
Prison Performing Arts is a multi-discipline, literacy and performing arts program that serves incarcerated adults and children at St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center, Hogan Street Regional Youth Center, Northeast Correctional Center (NECC) in Bowling Green, MO, Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WERDCC) in Vandalia, MO and Missouri Eastern Correctional Center (MECC) in Pacific, MO.
Prison Performing Arts involves incarcerated youth and adults in the performing arts to inspire intellectual curiosity and personal development. We nurture the discipline, teamwork and communication skills necessary for successful re-entry into society. We encourage members of the larger community to connect personally with program participants, and we offer continuing programs for participants who have been released.
The New Theatre’s Prison Arts Program began in 1989 by Agnes Wilcox, TNT’s Artistic Director, presenting the play “Getting Out” at the St. Louis Workhouse. Over the next six years TNT productions began to tour correctional institutions throughout Missouri continuing at the St. Louis City Workhouse, then added at the St. Louis County Jail at Gumbo and Missouri Eastern Correctional Center (MECC) at Pacific, Missouri. Then, in 1993-5, performances were funded to tour to five prisons state-wide. In November 1996, the men at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center requested direct artistic involvement and Barbers, Robbers and Nuts was created a play completely written and acted by inmates. The resulting experience of the incarcerated artists and the positive residual effects from their participation in an arts program was evident and deeply encouraging. In the spring of 1999 TNT closed and Prison Performing Arts was officially born in its place, continuing its artistic work at MECC and, that year, extending its program to youth participants at the St. Louis Juvenile Detention center.
Since then, adult theatre and poetry projects were developed also at The Women’s Eastern Reception Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WERDCC) in Vandalia, Missouri and the Northeast Correctional Center (NECC) in Bowling Green, Missouri and soon will reach a fourth Missouri institution.
The Calendar for the week of November 19th
Survivors Unite is uniting families who have lost a loved one to violent crime. They understand that grief is experienced in different stages and help families heal and learn to properly release their emotions. Survivors United meets every third Monday of the month and will meet Monday November 19th, 7pm at Margaret’s Place, 7217 Troost, KCMO.
The Kansas City Chapter of Missouri Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants, MOCURE, will have their monthly meeting Monday, November 19th 6:30 pm at the Chestnut Avenue Family Resource Center, 3811 Chestnut Ave, KCMO
Corey’s Network invites survivors of murder to their weekly workshops to learn how to deal with grief, the media, investigation, court, and moving forward after a homicide has occurred. This is a workshop, not a grief group, you should bring something to take notes with and please include only those individuals mature enough in age to deal with the issues. The next workshop is Orientation for the Corey’s Network Inc Group and will be held Monday, November 5th and again November 19th from 6 to 8 PM at the Church of the Four Corners, 14300 E. US HWY 40, KCMO. The church is located East of the HyVee at 40 Hwy and Noland Rd. For more information and listing of future workshops call 816-834-9161 or email [email protected]