One year after performing their original production ("Do You See Me?"), the student artists of Maine Inside Out are set to produce a new show at USM's Hannaford Hall on November 8.
Maine Inside Out, a youth theater group comprised of current and formerly incarcerated young people at Long Creek Development Center, is teaming up with Portland Outright, an LGBTQ+ youth advocacy and organization-building group for the production.
In addition to MIO's dramatic works, the installation pieces are being created collaboratively between artists within Portland Outright's organizing crews, who along with the performance are facilitating action tables and breakout sessions, presenting the audience with different ways to respond to the material in Maine Inside Out's production. Maine-based film production company Smooth Feather Productions is also aboard.
The work has been created inside of Long Creek Youth Development Center and in groups based in the community. “Creating of this work has been a vehicle for our members to have conversations, across the barriers created by systems, about their visions of justice and of the communities they want to live in,” says Osgood, Director of Portland Outright.
“This process, and the movement we are building, is carving out space for young people whose lives have been directly impacted by mass incarceration and systemic oppression to be the leaders of this work. Together, we are countering a culture of isolation and scarcity by cultivating community power based in love, solidarity, and shared resources.”
Osgood says that 30 percent of incarcerated youth in Maine organize with Portland Outright.
“Seeing groups from different parts of life coming together for the same cause is inspiring to me, and to others to speak up for what they believe in,” says Maine Inside Out participant Joey Munsey about the collaboration.
"Love is Alternatives to Incarceration," performance and installation by Maine Inside Out + Portland Outright + Smooth Feather Productions | Nov 8, Wed 7 pm | University of Southern Maine, Hannaford Hall, 88 Bedford St., Portland | $20 | www.maineinsideout.org
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