Written by Patrick Keating, Directed and Dramaturged by Stephen Malloy, with Sound Design by BFA student Kate De Lorme.
In association with Neworld Theatre, Main Street Theatre and Urban Crawl, Inside/Out: A Prison Memoir plays Little Mountain Gallery (197 E. 26th Ave) April 2-12 2015 at 7:30pm.
Vancouver actor and interdisciplinary theatre maker Patrick Keating presents his searing new autobiographical work, Inside/Out. Patrick reveals stories from the prison yard, a plane flight, and a run-in with clowns, that have all been part of his journey in, out, and through the revolving doors of the Canadian Criminal Justice System. For most people, life in prison is a world that is unfamiliar. Those who have been in prison are often hesitant to talk about their experiences, so for the most part what society hears are sensationalized versions used for political or ideological purposes. For many years Patrick was reluctant to share his story, thinking he might be ostracized from his present community. But with the political climate swinging to the right, and the Canadian Justice System replacing the adage ‘Everyone deserves a second chance’ with ‘Once a criminal always a criminal’, he feels that it’s about time to tell this story. Inside/Out is a one person theatre piece. It is a true story. It is the story of a man who strived to become invisible. It’s the story of his search through his own Penitentiary files, and the memories these files evoke. Memories of outside. Memories of choices made. His introduction to drugs. His introduction to crime. Memories of nearly ten years behind Penitentiary walls. It’s the story of the people he met inside the Penitentiary that influenced his life. Of his transfer from Quebec during the tension filled time of the first referendum to Matsqui Penitentiary in British Columbia, where he enrolled in a theatre course — and the discovery of the possibility of a new way of life. Patrick is so honest and engaging, it’s impossible not to be caught up in this story about a search for community: the community of the street, the community of prison, and the community of theatre. After two years of workshop and development and two readings to packed houses, a full production of Inside/Out is premiering at Little Mountain Gallery, offering Vancouver audiences a unique glimpse of the “inside.”
TICKETS: $20 at Brown Paper Tickets or cash at the door (suggested donation)
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Photo of Patrick Keating and Stephen Malloy by D.K.