Freehold Theatre Lab

Arts
5:02 am
Fri July 5, 2013

At the state prison in Purdy, creating theater behind bars

This photo shows a "suicide letter", one of the props used by inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women at Purdy. The women are participants in Freehold Theatre Lab's Engaged Theatre program.
Florangela Davila

There’s something about art that has the power to heal, for both those performing it and those watching it.

That is precisely why Seattle’s Freehold Theatre Lab teaches creative writing to the women locked up in the Washington Corrections Center for Women at Purdy. The program helps the inmates weave their past and dreams into stories they perform on stage.

Prison isn’t exactly the most natural space for theater, says inmate Amanda Songer.

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