Thanks to John Maclay for passing this on.  Sharizes’s observations are spot-on and moving.

This is an excerpt from an interview we did with Sharize Terrell.  He is a prisoner at Woodbourne Correctional Facility, a medium security prison in the Catskill Mountains of NY State, about 2 hours north of NYC.  Terrell is a member of the play reading seminar there.  The seminar is organized and hosted by “Rehabilitation Through the Arts” an amazing program that offers connection to the arts for prisoners in a number of NY State prisons.

The lead instructor of this seminar is director Arin Arbus.  Arbus works at NYC’s “Theater for A New Audience”.  Her production of Othello, featuring actor John Douglas Thompson, received rave reviews in 2009. In 2011 the two will re-unite in a new production of Macbeth.

Steve Rowland was invited to visit the program in August – and is grateful to Vockins, Arbus, the NY State Prison Board, the administration and officers of Woodbourne CF, and the prisoners themselves.