Any One of Us: Words from Prison by Eva Ensler played at the Padua Hills Theater in Claremont in February 2015.
This piece is a collection of stories from the raw voices of fierceness and honesty written by the original 15 women combined with writing from women in prisons across the nation moving forward toward healing, understanding, and change with the ultimate goal of using their writing and voices to impact policy, laws and treatment of incarcerated women. Together these writings reveal the deep connection between women in prison and the violence that often brings them there. Because of the subject manner this show is not intended for children.
Like her earlier, world-famous and infamous work, “The Vagina Monologues,” Ensler’s “Any One of Us” is completely fearless in sharing often-shocking material that exposes some of the deepest taboo subjects involving women’s search for equality, acceptance and understanding. Even behind bars.
This performance, dramatic readings by Crossroads alumnae and community members, will awaken and disturb you, as well as give you a glimpse into how some of these women ended up in prison.
“I keep thinking of the gifts of my own upbringing, which I once took for granted: I can read any book I choose and comprehend it. I can write a complete sentence and punctuate it correctly. If I need help, I can call on judges, attorneys, educators, ministers. I wonder what I would be like if I had grown up without such protections and supports. What cracks would have turned up in my character?” ― Helen Prejean, Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate.