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By Margaret Atwood

Adapted for the stage by Stacie Lents

Directed by Lucy Cashion


Thursday, May 19, 2022

Northeast Correctional Center
13698 Airport Road, Bowling Green, MO 63334


MATINEE - 1:00pm (12:30pm check-in)

EVENING - 6:00pm (5:30pm check-in)


RSVP deadline: Wednesday, April 20, 2022


Adapted from Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name, Hag-Seed reimagines The Tempest as a production of the play set in the context of a men's prison, performed by incarcerated actors, and directed by a modern Prospero named Felix Phillips. Fate and the power of theater provide Felix and his ingenious actors with a chance to right past wrongs and let go of tragic losses. Both comedic and poignant, Hag-Seed gives audiences a new way of looking at The Tempest, while shedding light on the perils, pitfalls, and pleasures of performing Shakespeare in prison. 

important notes for event attendees

You are only approved to attend the performance time you signed up for through the PPA website.

Driving Directions:
Northeast Correctional Center
13698 Airport Road

Bowling Green, Missouri 63334


From St. Louis: Two routes to US-61 North

1. Take I-70 West toward Kansas City to US-61 North (Exit 210B for Hannibal/Wentzville/Bowling Green) Or Take I-64W/US-40W, and follow signs to US-61 North (Hannibal/Wentzville/Bowling Green)

2. Continue on US-61 North

3. You’ll pass the first Bowling Green Exit (Bus 61) and an exit for US-54
4. Take Exit UU

5. Turn left at the top of the exit ramp (you’ll see the prison in the distance ahead of you after this turn)

6. Turn left at the T intersection

7. Drive approximately one block. You will be turning right onto Airport Road. A mile or so down airport road, on your right, is the entrance to the prison parking lot. Park your car in the lot to your left (Visitors) and come to the Upper Lobby.

Please leave phones, purses, etc. in the trunk of your car. Bring in only your driver’s license or photo ID, coat, and car keys.


Prohibited clothing items

  • Open-toed shoes or flip-flops. All footwear required to have a back strap.

  • Shorts

  • Camouflage

  • Clothing and/or accessories that contain inappropriate, discriminatory, or unprofessional language, slurs, or that could be considered politically or socially divisive, or may be disruptive to the operation of the facility.

  • Clothing and/or accessories advocating the use of drugs, alcohol, violence, security threat groups, prison life, or political affiliation.

live Event:
Discussion of Margaret Atwood's Hag-Seed

About this event


Join us for a LIVE -- and lively -- discussion of Margaret Atwood's Hag-Seed before seeing the long-anticipated dramatic adaptation of the novel to be produced by Prison Performing Arts (PPA) at the Northeast Correctional Center (NECC) in Bowling Green, Missouri on Thursday, May 19.

Professor of English and frequent PPA collaborator, Beth Charlebois will facilitate the discussion of Atwood's 2016 novel as an adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Tempest; and address how her fictional setting of a Shakespeare-in-prison program sets the stage for playwright Stacie Lents' adaptation, commissioned by PPA to be performed by incarcerated actors in an actual correctional center.

Participants will come away not only with an understanding of Atwood's novel as an adaptation of The Tempest, but also a heightened ability to appreciate the array of creative choices made by the playwright, directors, and actors in adapting the novel for the stage at NECC.

Discussion attendees will have the opportunity to complete required paperwork to attend a performance at NECC.

Familiarity with Atwood's novel and/or Shakespeare's The Tempest is encouraged but neither is required!

Register with the Eventbrite link!

Date and time

Tue, April 12, 2022

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT


Centene Center for the Arts

3547 Olive Street

St. Louis, MO 63103



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