Doin’ Time: Through the Visiting Glass

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 play which she performs herself.  Doin’ Time uses monologues to 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 and Canada.  The play runs one hour and fifteen minutes and is always followed by an audience discussion.

To contact Ashley Lucas about booking the show, please send an email through the Contact Us tab on this website.

To read a news story about Doin’ Time and Razor Wire Women, click here.  To watch a short news video about them, including brief clips of the play, click here.

Upcoming Performances:
Crossroad Bible Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan
October 10, 2015 at 7 PM
This performance is free and open to the public, but you must RSVP online here.

University of Ottawa in Canada
March 2016

Past Performances:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kenan Theatre, Center for Dramatic Art
*Excerpts of Doin’ Time will be performed in conjunction with a student play directed by Joseph Megel
November 29, 2012 at 5 PM
November 30, 2012 at 7 PM

Lincoln Correctional Center (a women’s prison)
Lincoln, Illinois
September 21, 2012

Illinois State University
Westhoff Theatre
Bloomington, Illinois
September 19, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Bellarmine University
Louisville, Kentucky
April 19 & 20, 2012

National Women’s Studies Association Conference
Keynote performance
Atlanta, GA
November 12, 2011 at 8 PM
Poster for NWSA 2011

Trent University (in Canada)
Wenjack Theatre
October 2, 2011 at 7 PM
Trent poster

Grand Valley Institution (a federal women’s prison in Canada)
September 30, 2011

University of Toronto
Gill Theatre
September 29, 2011 at 8 PM
Toronto poster

Duke University, Brody Theater
March 30, 2011 at 7 PM

American Studies Association Conference
San Antonio, Texas
November 19, 2010 at 4:30 PM in San Antonio Convention Center: Room 213A

 Wyoming Women’s Center (a women’s prison)
July 7, 2010 at 6 PM

 Wyoming Medium Security Correctional Institution
July 6, 2010 at 1:15 PM and 6:30 PM

Solo Takes On Festival at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Swain Hall, Studio 6, Communications Studies Department
November 15, 2009 at 3 PM
November 21, 2009 at 5 PM
November 22, 2009 at 3 PM

Wyoming State Penitentiary
March 11, 2009

University of Wyoming at Laramie
March 10, 2009

Detroit YMCA
April 4, 2008

The Performance Network, hosted by the Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
April 2, 2008

California State University at San Marcos
March 5, 2008

Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York
February 20, 2008

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gerard Hall
February 8, 2008 at 8 PM

Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
December 3, 2007

Duke University at the Duke Coffee House on East Campus in Durham, North Carolina
November 30, 2007 at 7 PM

The Annual Program Conference for the Division of Prisons at the Bistro Hotel in Greenville, North Carolina
October 24, 2007

Spiritual and Professional Development Conference for the North Carolina Department of Correction Correctional Chaplains at the High Pastures Retreat Center in Burnsville, North Carolina
October 9, 2007

North Carolina Legal Services for Prisoners, Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina
August 7, 2007

George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia
July 31, 2007

North Carolina Department of Corrections Conference on Offender Reentry in Asheville, North Carolina
(keynote performance and workshop with corrections officials on the significance of involving prisoners’ families in prisoner reentry efforts)
May 1, 2007 at 5:30 PM

Northern Plains Performance Festival, Arrested Voices: Performance in Prisons, University of Northern Iowa
(week-long residency at the university, including theatre workshops with students and community members)
April 12 & 14, 2007
Cedar Falls, Iowa

 Durham County Criminal Justice Resource Center in Durham, North Carolina
January 27, 2007 at 4 PM

Sol Arts Gallery and Performance Space
Opening event for the La Puerta de la Pinta prisoner art exhibition
Saturday, October 7, 2006 at 2:00 PM
Albuquerque, NM

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Friday, September 29, 2006 at 2:00 PM

San Diego Mesa College
Saturday, November 5, 2005 at 8:00 PM

Dublin Fringe Festival
September 12-17, 2005 at 6:15 PM
International Bar
Dublin, Ireland

Limerick Women’s Prison
September 10, 2005
Limerick, Ireland

Dochas Centre Women’s Prison
September 8, 2005
Dublin, Ireland

BRAVA! For Women in the Arts, sponsored by the Women and Theatre Program of ATHE
Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 3:30 PM
San Francisco, California

Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, 2005 at 8:00 PM
Santa Fe, New Mexico

University of Texas at Austin, Center for Mexican American Studies
January 15, 2004 at 8:00 PM

University of California, San Diego, Visual Arts Performance Space
October 28, 2004 at 9:30 AM

Second Chance/STRIVE
September 17, 2004 at 1 PM
San Diego, CA

Red Salmon Art and Resistencia Bookstore
September 4, 2004 at 8 PM and September 5, 2004 at 5 PM
Austin, Texas

Aardvark’s Found Space Theatre
August 12-15, 2004 at 8 PM, also August 15 at 2 PM
El Paso, Texas

Tia Chucha’s Café Cultural
Friday, June 11, 2004 at 8:30 PM
Los Angeles, Calfornia

University of California, San Diego, Dance Studio 3
Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 8:00 PM

 San Diego City College, Saville Theater
Friday, May 21, 2004 at 8:00 PM

8 Responses to “Doin’ Time: Through the Visiting Glass”


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  7. Art for the Powerless | Hothouse Magazine - May 17, 2014

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