Ashley Lucas to Give Keynote Performance at NWSA Conference in Atlanta on Nov. 12, 2011

25 Jun

The National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) has invited me to perform my one-woman play, Doin’ Time: Through the Visiting Glass, at the 2011 conference this November, and Jodie and I will both be at the conference to promote Razor Wire Women.  The two of us and Razor Wire Women itself have very special connections to the NWSA because this organization provided Jodie and me with the opportunity to guest edit the Summer 2008 special issue of the NWSA Journal (now known as Feminist Formations).  The submissions we received for that special issue became the basis for RWW, and now we have this extraordinary opportunity to tell members of the NWSA about our book at the conference.  A little more on the NWSA itself:

With nearly 2,500 members worldwide, NWSA leads the field of women’s studies in educational and social transformation. The conference theme will focus on feminist transformations—how much has feminist scholarship transformed the academy and society, and how much has feminism been transformed by the academy and society. You can learn more about the theme and the Call for Proposals at www.nwsa.org/conference.

We anticipate about 1,600 attendees and over 300 presentations, an extensive book exhibit and many exciting special events [at the 2011 conference].

Doin’ Time: Through the Vising Glass will be performed from 7 to 9 PM on Saturday, November 12, 2011. The event will take place in the downtown Sheraton Atlanta (165 Courtland Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303) in the Grand Ballroom from 7-9 PM, and Jodie and I will both be on hand for a book signing of Razor Wire Women following the performance.  Jodie and I invite all Razor Wire Women contributors who  attend the conference to help us promote the book following the performance.  Please let us know if you plan to attend.

Here’s a little more information about the play:

Doin’ Time: Through the Visiting Glass

written and performed by Ashley Lucas

directed by Joseph Megel

Doin’ Time: Through the Visiting Glass examines the impact of incarceration on families.  Ashley Lucas, the child of an incarcerated father, conducted interviews in California, Texas, and New York with prisoners’ family members, former prisoners, and people who do work connected to prisons.  She also corresponded with over 400 prisoners from across the U.S.  Weaving together these interviews and letters with her personal experience as a prisoner’s child and creative writing, Lucas wrote a one-person show which she performs herself.  Doin’ Time uses monologues, voice overs, and video cto take the audience through a variety of perspectives on the families of the incarcerated.  Since 2004, Lucas has performed Doin’ Time both inside and outside prisons throughout the U.S. and in Ireland.  The play runs one hour and fifteen minutes and is always followed by an audience discussion.

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