Written by Piedad Bonnett

Translated from the Spanish by Lucia della Paolera

Set in a penitentiary in Colombia-a country with notoriously overcrowded and violent prisons-MAXIMUM SECURITY explores the lives of three cellmates and one guard, as they navigate a labyrinth of degradation and survival tactics behind bars. This provocative play offers an unflinching glimpse into the daily psychological, social, and physical battles fought by the people held within a deeply flawed justice system. Here the incarcerated-at various stages of their "careers" as inmates-form uneasy friendships and alliances, strategizing and bartering with each other and the guards for access to basic goods and protection from a variety of shifting threats. There is rampant sabotage and subterfuge, mental and physical sickness, rotten food, water shortage crises, and scant medical care. Inmates are periodically thrown into the dreaded "hole"-a torture chamber, and emerge only to find themselves in the midst of a series of explosive, divisive riots. Meanwhile, intensive conversations, a result of the singular intimacy developed between people forced to spend days on end together, reveal the circumstances "outside" that turned the three men into prisoners. Delving into the depths of despair and political and personal indignation, MAXIMUM SECURITY is marked by a palpable mix of existential fury and black humor-which here become survival tactics themselves.

One hour prior to select performances will be Prison Politics"-conversations led by a panel of legal experts, human rights advocates, and journalists, moderated by German Jaramillo, Director of ID Studio, that will explore the complex question of prisoners' rights and prison reform. These discussions will seek to contextualize and ground in current events the issues raised in the play, and to expand public awareness and engagement. Each panel will include a Q&A session, and additional materials and information will be available for dissemination.

Based in New York, for ten years ID STUDIO THEATER has had an active company of professional and community-based performers, and a network of theater professionals who initiate workshops and perform in arenas ranging from non-traditional and community-based spaces to more traditional theaters. ID Studio also fosters exchanges with cultural organizations in Latin America and develops new work rooted in Latino communities. ID Studio partners with community-based organizations in New York, such as DreamYard in the Bronx, and Make the Road New York (MRNY), the largest immigrant rights organization in NYC.

Community Theater

Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th Street)

May 28- June 14 2015

Thursday through Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Sunday at 3PM

General Admission: $18; Students/Seniors: $12

General Admission: $18; Students/Seniors: $12

Run Time: 1 hr, 20 mins

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