The Meta Theatre Company Past Performances
DISMANTLING THE RACISM MACHINE A MANUAL AND TOOLBOX by Dr. Karen Gaffney - MTC recently performed in collaboration with the Women's Center at Raritan Valley Community College LIONX Workshop Series in September 2018.
RVCC English Professor Dr. Karen Gaffney, author of Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox, and The Meta Theatre Company discussed and performed concepts from Karen's book through interactive theatre to encourage discussion and raise awareness.
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MTC traveled to Albany and Saratoga Springs, NY in December 2017 for Voices From Inside. A collaboration with Soul Rebel Performance Troupe.
Incarcerated men and women submitted entries for this production to call attention to the human toll of our prison industrial complex. Voices from Inside gives an insightful nuanced voice to the 2.3 million men and women who are incarcerated, invisible and unheard.
Soul Rebel Performance Troupe, in
collaboration with Prisoners Legal Services, is honored to present VOICES FROM INSIDE ~ performed monologues, poetry and vignettes written by people who are currently incarcerated, with musical
accompaniment and songs. The cast includes members of the Meta Theatre Company, a theater group that writes, produces and performs theatric work on site with incarcerated women at the Edna Mahan
Correctional Facility, New Jersey.
Soul Rebel Performance Troupe is a Capital District theater group dedicated to highlighting and producing theatrical work by and about people of color and other marginalized groups, and fostering cross-cultural understanding through the performing arts.
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MTC organized a Criminal Justice Reform Community Dialogue in November 2017. The Event was co-sponsored by The Central Jersey Community Coalition. The event had 5 speakers who discussed action plans to stop mass incarceration. Here are the links to their websites, so you can continue the work!
State Director for Cory Booker
New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
NJ Re-entry Corporation
RISE! For Women's History Month at Raritan Valley Community College
The Meta Theatre Company performed RISE! An Interactive Theatre Experience in March 2017.
Whether you are on the bus, in a store, or with family and friends, we witness hate talk, and sometimes don't know what to do. The show featured work from our cast at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women. We played out real life scenarios on social justice issues that happened in our community, and invited the audience to interact on stage with us to resolve the conflict.
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Speak Up! - Lambertville Social Action and Kehilat HaNahar
The Meta Theater Company performed an interactive workshop on how to intervene when you witness hatred or discrimination in private and public conversations.
Denim Day at Raritan Valley Community College - is an international day of solidarity recognized every April. Women and men wear blue jeans to bring focus to harmful decisions by the criminal justice system in regards to women's rights. In particular, Denim Day remembers an Italian court case where a judge ruled that a woman could not prove she was raped because she was wearing tight fitting jeans. The judge stated that her rapist could not have taken off her jeans for the rape to take place, rather the woman gave consent by taking them off hersel, therefore making the assult consensual.
The Meta Theatre Company uses theatre in an interactive theatre piece to teach how to intervene and stop sexual assault toward women. The audience learned how to identify different forms of sexual abuse and stop it. MTC also educated on policy and laws that are supportive and not supportive to women's safety.
The Vagina Monologues - The Meta Theatre Company performed The Vagina Monologues in October 2016 at The Clinton Community Center in Clinton, NJ
“Women on the Inside / Women on the Outside / Working to End Mass Incarceration – Vaginas Unchained” was the theme of this performance. The MTC cast performed pieces from The Vagina Monologues, as well as original pieces written by women currently incarcerated at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, NJ. Janice Kovach, Mayor of Clinton, attended the performance, and joined MTC and audience members at the end of the performance for a post-show discussion.
3rd Annual Women and Reentry Conference - Reflect, Renew, and Reconnect. MTC co-presented an interactive workshop with Ashley McSwain for social workers, administrators and returning citizens at Georgetown University, August 25,2016. MTC performed an original piece about race and gender to facilitate a discussion on gender bias within the profession, and how that bias is a barrier in providing services to women coming back to their communities from incarceration.
White Privilege Conference - MTC presented at WPC 17 in Philadelphia April 14-17, 2016. MTC co-presented with Dr. Karen Gaffney from Raritan Valley Community College on how to use theatre to stop mass incarceration with examples of work from The Edna Mahan Women's Correctional Facility Theatre Program. We discussed how Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow: Colorblindness in the Age of Mass Incarceration, helped the women of Edna Mahan co-write the play, "Hello My Name Is", and how MTC and The Anti-Racism Coalition of Hunterdon County connected the work to a church, and RVCC students to create action plans to stop mass incarceration.
Mothers of Bedford Film Documentary - The Mothers of Beford is a documentary about a progressive prison program at The Bedford Hills Women's Correctional Facility in New York. It is a program that allows incarcerated mothers to keep their children up until two years, and parent in prison. After the film screening, MTC performed original work from the women of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women MTC for The Rutgers University School of Social Work. Currently, New Jersey does not have a similar program. How can we change this?
Mass Incarceration & Racial Inequality
What caused it, what is its local impact, and what can we do about it?
This six-week book club met to discuss The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander with a curriculum co-created by the women inmates of the Edna Mahan Theatre Program.
Meetings were held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Baptistown Frenchtown, NJ.