Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Castle

The cast of Off-Broadway's The Castle will give a special performance for New York State legislators in Albany on Monday, June 16, 2008. All are welcome to attend this free event.

New York State Senator Tom Duane has invited the company to perform the autobiographical work, which sheds light on the stories of incarcerated individuals and their journeys beyond. The Castle will be presented at 6:00 PM in the Empire State Plaza Building (Concourse Plaza level), Meeting Room #6. Admission is free, but seating is limited. RSVP with Mark Furnish in Senator Duane's office at (518) 455-2452.

David Rothenberg conceived and directed The Castle, which features previous incarcerates Vilma Ortiz Donovan, Kenneth Harrington, Angel Ramos and Casimiro Torres, who tell their own true-life stories. The production officially opened at New World Stages April 27.

The Off-Broadway production and its title are inspired by the resident home run by The Fortune Society in upper Manhattan. The dramatic work features personal accounts of formerly incarcerated individuals and their re-entry into society.

Since its launch 40 years ago, The Fortune Society has been developing model programs that help the formerly incarcerated to successfully re-enter their communities. The Castle serves as The Fortune Society's resident program for 60 men and women.

Inspired by the 1967 Off-Broadway prison drama, Fortune in Men's Eyes, The Fortune Society was founded by former theatre publicist David Rothenberg. Among the services offered are supportive housing, career development, job retention, substance abuse treatment, alternatives to incarceration, HIV/AIDS services, education, family services and drop-in services as well as ongoing access to aftercare.

For more information visit the fortune society.