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Documentary Night: DRAMATIC ESCAPE

DIRECTED BY: Nicholas Quested



Co-presented by Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA)

Please join us for a post-film Q&A with Katherine Vockins, RTA Executive Director, and Charles Moore, RTA Alumnus


DRAMATIC ESCAPE transports viewers into the lives of a group of maximum security prisoners who are attempting to mount a behind-bars stage production of A FEW GOOD MEN at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Tracing the journey from auditions through curtain call, viewers witness the inmates’ development as individuals and as an ensemble. Personal stories and candid accounts of the crimes that landed them in prison are interwoven with everyday struggles and philosophical considerations of the nature of redemption.


The mission of Rehabilitation Through The Arts (RTA) is to use the transformative power of the arts to develop social and cognitive skills that prisoners need for successful reintegration into the community. The organization began in 1996, with the presentation of a single original play solely for the prison population at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. RTA now produces a major play at Sing Sing each year attended by over 250 guests; over the past 20 years, thousands of community members have been amazed by the humanity they have discovered behind the walls. Today, RTA serves 200 prisoners at any one time, teaching in at least one facility every day of the week, year-round. More than 30 arts facilitators travel to remote prisons in three New York State counties to teach a wide variety of artistic media.


Katherine Vockins is Executive Director of RTA as well as its parent agency, Prison Communities International Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to criminal justice issues. RTA presently works in five maximum and medium security prisons and serves 200 incarcerated men and women at any given time. The program uses theatre, dance, music, voice, writing and visual arts as tools to develop life skills and change behavior patterns. Katherine has produced over 50 classic, contemporary, original and musical performances in prison gyms, auditoriums, school rooms and chapels. She has even performed in a few. She’s been featured in articles in the New York Times, the Daily News and the New Yorker, among many others.

Charles Moore holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and a Master’s in Professional Studies. He has been involved in RTA since 2004 serving on the RTA prisoner steering committee, as a frequent production manager and as an occasional actor. Recently, he joined the staff as Program & Alumni Coordinator. As an RTA alumnus, Charles brings a wealth of insight and ideas to our organization.




RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes





Carte Blanche: FREE
Nonmembers - $12
Members - $7
Students/Seniors (Mon - Thu) - $9




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