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Dreaming of Lear

Date:  February 29-March 3, 2024

Locaton: The Kranzberg, Black Box Theatre, 501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103



Dreaming of Lear is a multi-media reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy filtered through our unconsciousness. It is a work of devised theatre in which participating artists reconstruct the play based on dreams they have while listening to recordings of King Lear. The production the audience experiences consists of recorded interviews with the ensemble of dreamers, fragments of Shakespeare's King Lear, and the realization of the ensemble’s dreams on stage. Produced by the St. Louis University Department of Theatre and Dance, Dreaming of Lear involves collaboration with members of the PPA Alumni Theatre Company. Their contribution includes active participation in writing workshops and dream interviews, with several members also making appearances in the video segments in the show.

Britches: A Play for Lady Romeos

Date: March 14, 2024

Location: WERDCC, Vandalia, Missouri


Don't miss this exciting new play by Courtney Bailey in collaboration with artists from the Alumni Theatre Company and WERDCC. Britches! A Play for Lady Romeos celebrates the actors of WERDCC, a group of performers who are no strangers to playing male Shakespeare roles. Based loosely on the life of Charlotte Cushman, a nineteenth-century American actor famous for playing Shakespeare's Romeo, Britches! tells the story of Charlotte and her sister, Susan Cushman, when they played Romeo and Juliet in 1846. The new addition of a female actor playing Benvolio complicates the dynamic between the sisters, and the "showmance" between Charlotte and Joan has a potentially disastrous outcome. The creation of this play was funded by an Artistic Research Fellowship from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the world's premier research institution for the study of William Shakespeare.

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12 Angry Men

Date: May 23, 2024

Location: Northeast Correctional Center

RSVP: Details coming soon.

​Mark your calendars for this exciting of performance of “12 Angry Men” at NECC. A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. "He doesn't stand a chance," mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. "This is a remarkable thing about democracy," says the foreign-born juror, "that we are notified by mail to come down to this place—and decide on the guilt or innocence of a person; of a man or woman we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing." But personal it is, with each juror revealing his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry men. The jurors' final verdict and how they reach it—in tense scenes that will electrify your audience and keep them on the edge of their seats—add up to a fine, mature piece of dramatic literature, an experience you'll be proud to present.

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois

Gatsby of a Thousand Faces

Date: August 1, 2024

Location: Missouri Eastern Correctional Center

RSVP: Details coming soon.

In Gatsby of a Thousand Faces, a troupe of Jay Gatsbys confronts their maker: F. Scott Fitzgerald himself. These Gatsbys have some "literary corrections" they'd like to make to the novel that gave them a tragic ending. However, a few rogue characters complicate their efforts at a literary ambush. The Gatsbys must decide how to reconcile their desire to be independent characters with the prying eyes of the reading world. Gatsby of a Thousand Faces is inspired by writing from artists at MECC in response to The Great Gatsby and adapted by Courtney Bailey for Prison Performing Arts.

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Prison Performing Arts 18th Annual Bash

Date: September 5, 2024

Location: Third Degree Glass Factory

RSVP: Details coming soon.

Celebrate and support Prison Performing Arts and help build second acts for justice impacted artists at our annual fundraiser. Enjoy Alumni Theatre Company performances, visual artwork from youth and adult participants, and be the first to hear what’s coming in 2025. Guests can even enjoy an optional digital scavenger hunt, create their own artwork, or write their own poetry led by PPA teaching artists.



Learning through the Arts

Weekly theatre, dance, and creative writing classes for youth at St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center, St. Louis County Juvenile Detention Center, and Hogan Street Regional Youth Center.

Threshold Writers Workshop

Weekly online workshop with the Alumni Theatre Company.

Spoken Word

Weekly writing classes at WERDCC and NECC.

Arts & Healing

Weekly writing, visual art, and theatre classes at the Transition Center of St. Louis.

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