FREEDOM PROJECT is a multimedia physical theater piece that interweaves gripping personal stories, evocative imagery, and athletic choreography in an examination of mass incarceration in America. With material drawn from extensive research, as well as personal experience, Everett Company call upon our common humanity to challenge the conditions that have transformed the “land of the free” into the most incarcerating country in the world.
Performances on Friday, September 8th and Saturday, September 9th
Doors for both performances at 7:00PM.
This work was created in collaboration with the performers. Christopher and James share their own stories in the work.
Directed and Designed by Aaron Jungels
Video collaboration and sound design – Laura Colella
Origami consultant – Sok Song
Text excerpts – Angela Davis’s The Meaning of Freedom and Are Prisons Obsolete
Freedom Project at SPACE is funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.
“Everett’s FREEDOM PROJECT a Tough, Revealing Look at Lives Caught up in Prison System” – Providence Journal
“Unbelievable. One of the most moving, gripping performances I’ve ever seen. They did a phenomenal job telling the stories of people in our community with such humanity… If you haven’t seen it yet, go see it and spread the word. You do not want to miss it.” – Rebecca Nieves-McGoldrick, Protect Families First
“I was so impressed with the whole experience! By the actors who were just amazing, every one of them… They reached deep. And yet, as harsh and painful as some stories are, it was not bitter, but showed how people can heal if given a chance.” – Toby Ayers, PhD, Executive Director Rhode Island for Community & Justice
“A brilliantly constructed series of heartwrenching stories, beautiful movement, and imagery. It is impossible to attend and not to be deeply touched by the FREEDOM PROJECT. I could feel the entire audience drawn in and know that I am not the only one who will continue to reflect on what I experienced and its profound impact. Thank you Everett.” – Ann-Marie Reddy, Director of the Annual Fund, Johnson & Wales University