Performance Meets Incarceration

I couldn’t help but be struck by the fact that not one, but two of the events that interested me for this afternoon are presentations by incarcerated populations. Up at the end  of Highway 66 is the semi-annual Angola Prison Rodeo. The rodeo started 45 years ago, and has climbed in popularity ever since. The rodeo is understandably controversial. There is something reminiscent of ancient Roman gladiatorial matches about the public watching men who are not free engage in life-threatening sport. On the other hand, the inmates are willing participants, the proceeds of the rodeo got to inmate education programs, and the inmates get to sell their “hobbycrafts”–which is often amazing stuff. This woman took some amazing photos there, one of which is below. Gates open at 9am. Rodeo begins at  2pm. Crafts open until 5pm. $10.

Also this afternoon, Anthony Bean Community Theater presents James Weldon Johnson‘s God’s Trombones, a gospel musical featuring Voices of Thunder, the male prison choir lead by Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman. 3pm. $20 . 8 p.m. The show continues on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm.

And while we’re on the subject, for a few months now, Nowe Miasto has been presenting Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners Worknight, where people get together and send books and letters to prisoners. Sundays, 4pm to 7 pm. Here.

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Filed under art, books, crafts, kid-friendly, music, rodeo, theater

One response to “Performance Meets Incarceration

  1. danielle

    There is a male prison choir here? Led by the sheriff??? That is REALLY weird. I think I’m going to have to check this out…

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