Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Orange is the New Black Author Comes to Hartford Stage

Piper Kerman
The Dec. 12 appearance of activist/author Piper Kerman ("Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison") has been moved to Hartford Stage.

Community Partners in Action, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and the Mark Twain Houseand Museum are co-sponsoring the author talk and book signing 7 pm at Hartford Stage (previously scheduled at the Stowe Center). Maureen Price-Boreland, Community Partners in Action's executive director, will facilitate the conversation.

Tickets, $25 (or $20 for members of the Stowe or Twain museums) are available by calling 860-280-3130 or online atpiperkerman.brownpapertickets.com.

After spending a year in Danbury’s federal correctional facility for women, Kerman compiled her prison experiences into the memoir, "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman's Prison," now a wildly popular Netflix television series.

Kerman served 15 months in prison for a drug trafficking crime she committed 10 years prior. Compelling, moving, and often hilarious, the stories of the women she met while in prison raise issues of friendship and family, mental illness, the odd cliques and codes of behavior, the role of religion, the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailor, and the almost complete lack of guidance for life after prison.

The event will also feature a performance by Women on Our Own. An artistic outreach program from the Judy Dworin Performance Project, Women on Our Own is a group of women who, having re-entered the community from prison, are sharing their abundant and spirited vocal gifts with local and regional audiences. 

The Women on Our Own singer-artists, under the direction of singer/songwriter Leslie Bird, perform at concerts, work places and other community events, presenting original songs, as well as a selections of JDPP songs that have evolved from the organization's work with women at York Correctional Institution, their own arrangements of songs from the '60s and '70s and songs of spirit and affirmation.

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