On Friday September 2nd at 7pm, Insurgent Theater will be presenting their play “In the Belly” at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective.

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross will be tabling with information about prison abolition and prisoner support.

There is no cover charge but please bring donations for Insurgent Theater!

Wingnut events are sober. Our events are usually All Ages, but due to nudity and graphic nature of this performance we ask that all kids be accompanied by an adult or talk to us ahead of time. The nature of the subject matter of this performance means that some folks may find the nudity, violence, or other aspects triggering. We will provide a safe place for people who become uncomfortable to hang out in if they decide to leave the performance.

The Wingnut is located at 2005 Barton Avenue in Southern Barton Heights. We can be contacted at 804 303 5449 or wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Insurgent Theatre strives to connect performing arts with radical struggles, to make theatre that is relevant, engaging, challenging and useful for those who confront the US police state and global capitalist empire. We’ve been making original theatre since 2003 and frequently touring the country since August, 2008. Insurgent was founded in Milwaukee, WI, but is now located in Columbus, OH.

In the belly is where things digest, where they are broken down so their value can be extracted. This is where things are made to rot. If our society is a beast, it’s belly is the prison system. This new work from Insurgent Theatre seeks to manifest imprisonment on stage, overlays it with critical analysis of the system, and follows up with in-depth discussion about abolishing prison in America.

Created in workshop by Weslie Coleman, Kate Pleuss, and Ben Turk, with assistance from Harmony Bench and Rebecca Riley.

Touring the US in 2011. Raising funds for RedBird Prison Abolition. Supporting prisoners in Ohio.

This show contains nudity, violence and other sad realities of the US prison system.

Contact info:
Ben Turk at 614 704 4669
Digital photos, interview and photo opportunities are available upon request.
Presskit (PDF)

press photo (high res JPG)
11×17 poster(PDF)
8.5×11 poster (PDF)
1/4 sheet flyers (PDF)

In the Belly takes the work we did on Ad Seg and expands it, incorporating lessons learned from Ad Seg audiences and from continued and expanded correspondence with incarcerated people.

We’re also working from group readings of the following works: “Discipline and Punish” by Michel Foucault, “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander, and “Soft Cops” by Caryl Churchill, as well as others.

We’ve performed Ad Seg fifteen times, between Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin. See more info below, or on the tour report.

Ad Seg is prison slang for administrative segregation, also known as isolation or long term solitary confinement. Many prisoners are held in Ad Seg 23 hours a day for years on end.

Initial Exploration…
Ad Seg is an experimental workshop piece developed by the cast. It’s an early form of a larger project aimed at dragging america’s prisons into the light. At this stage, we’re mainly approaching the subject with our bodies and our imaginations.

Imagined Realities…
It seems most americans relate to prison as an unmentionable aspect of our society, something we all fear and regret, but few of us want to even imagine. With this project we will discover and share our notion of prison life.

We like to produce shows on the cheap and focus on putting money toward people, rather than fancy props or high tech goodies. Profits from the show will be split three ways: 30% goes straight to the pockets of the performers, 35% goes to future touring of this and other shows (Insurgent Theatre) and 35% goes toward prisoner support in Ohio (Redbird Prison Abolition).

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