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Wednesday-Saturday June 6-9 Wednesday-Sunday, June 13-17 8:00 PM

For the second production of its Season of Entrapment, SATE will present Run-On Sentence by Stacie Lents. Based on the experiences of female prison inmates, Run-On Sentence, tells the story of cellmates whose lives are turned upside down by the arrival of a new inmate. Commissioned by Prison Performing Arts as part of its New Plays Initiative in 2016, Run-On Sentence was initially performed by inmates at Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center in Vandalia, MO and students at Fairleigh Dickinson University. SATE will produce its professional premiere.

Stacie Lents, who directs the acting program at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Barn Theater, is also a professional playwright and actor. Her plays Fire Exit, Henry’s Law, and Laugh Out Loud (cry quietly) are published by Playscripts, Inc. Her work has also been produced and developed at theaters such as Playwrights Theater of New Jersey, Luna Stage, StrangeDog Theatre Company, Rutgers University, and Horse Trade Theater Group. Stacie received her MFA from Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts and her BA in Theater from Yale University. About her work on Run-On Sentence, Ms. Lents said, “I was fortunate to be commissioned by Prison Performing Arts to work with the inspiring women of the Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center. Although this play is fictional, their stories, experiences, and points view inspired the piece. The incarcerated women in Vandalia also inspired me as an artist. Their generosity, spirit of collaboration, and interest in finding their own voices as artists and people drove me to find a story that felt authentic. At several different points during my time with them, I asked them to tell me, “What do you hope audiences will get of this piece?” They all answered with variations on a few simple, but important themes: 'We are human beings' and 'It can happen to you.'”

Prison Performing Arts’ New Plays Initiative places nationally known playwrights into prisons to work with incarcerated artists, creating an original prison-related play for performance. These new works play in each prison and later are produced in collaboration with a professional St. Louis theatre. A 2016 residency with playwright Stacie Lents and 16 women at the Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center began the process in a 65-hour workshop over two weeks which inspired Run-On Sentence.

Performance Ensemble

Mel.................................................................Taleesha Caturah
Bug.......................................................Wendy Renée Greenwood
Giant................................................................Jamie McKittrick
Mary....................................................................Bess Moynihan
Miss Alice...........................................................Margeau Steinau
Officer Wallace.......................................................Kristen Strom

Production Ensemble
Director..............................................................Rachel Tibbetts
Stage Manager...................................................Elizabeth Van Pelt
Lighting Design.....................................................Dominick Ehling
Set Design.............................................................Bess Moynihan
Costume Design....................................................Rachel Tibbetts
Sound Design.........................................................Ellie Schwetye
Graphic Design.........................................................Dottie Quick
Photography............................................................Joey Rumpell
Fight Choreography..........................................Ryan Lawson-Maeske