at Theater for the New City May 28 – June 14 2015
& on tour throughout Colombia September 3 – 20 2015: Manizales, Cali, Pereira, Bogotá
Written by Piedad Bonnett
Directed by Nelson Celis
Translated by Lucia della Paolera
Written by acclaimed Colombian writer Piedad Bonnett, and 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.
For the play’s U.S. premiere, at Theater for the New City, ID Studio organized and moderated two panel talks titled “Prison Politics: Conversations on the State of Prisoners’ Rights in Colombia and the US Today.” The talks preceded performances of the play and included a Q&A session with the audience.
May 28 2015 Panelists / Panelistas del 28 mayo
Mark Burton, Alliance for Global Justice / Alianza por Justicia Global
Brett Dignam, Columbia Law School / Columbia Facultad de Derechos
Max Kenner, Bard Prison Initiative
Mario A. Murillo, WBAI Pacifica Radio, Hofstra University
June 12 2015 Panelists / Panelistas del 12 junio
Paula Avila-Guillen, Center for Reproductive Rights / Centro de Derechos Reproductivos
Gabriel Chaves, Movement for Peace in Colombia / Movimiento por la Paz en Colombia
Germán Jaramillo, Director of ID Studio / Director de ID Studio
Samuel Miller, Human Rights Lawyer / Abogado de Derechos Humanos
Jeb B. Tucker, Bard Prison Initiative
In September 2015, ID Studio, with Nelson Celis, was invited to perform Maximum Security at the 37th Annual Festival Internacional de Teatro de Manizales in Manizales, Colombia, after which the play toured to three venues in Colombia. A version of the play for two actors will be presented at a conference on prisoner’s rights at DePauw University in Chicago in November 2015.
photos by: Juanita Lara