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The Lycoming College Criminal Justice-Criminology and Theatre departments in conjunction with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program will host a performance of “The Letters Behind My Name” by the College and Community Fellowship’s Theater for Social Change (TSC). The event is free and open to the public and will be held Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in Honors Hall.
“The Letters Behind My Name” consists of original scenes and monologues woven together around themes of identity and resilience, according to Elizabeth Mirarchi, artistic director of TSC. The material is inspired by ensemble members’ life stories and experiences with the criminal justice system and reentry. Each story is unique, but many of the themes reflect widespread collateral consequences of incarceration, such as barriers to employment and discrimination in the workplace.
“This is an opportunity for students to hear stories about the impact of one of the most serious issues facing our country today – mass incarceration – from women whose lives are directly affected by it, who lived through it, and who continue to face collateral consequences even as they work on many different levels to effect change,” Mirarchi said.
TSC is a New York City-based performance ensemble that uses theatre to raise awareness about the importance of increased access to education and the broader issues of reentry and criminal justice reform. The group performs regularly at venues ranging from national conferences to correctional facilities. Most recently, TSC has performed at Rikers Island, Columbia University, the Harlem State Office Building and the Talking Transition advocacy event to help shape New York City’s transition to a new mayor.
TSC also will run a workshop for Lycoming students during its visit and will perform at the State Correctional Institution in Muncy, a Pennsylvania Department of Corrections prison for women.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu.