by Piedad Bonnett
Translation by Lucia della Paolera
Directed by Nelson Celis
ID Studio Theater
October 12 - 15, 2017
Panel Talk on Prisoners' Rights Sunday, October 15
Set in a penitentiary in Colombia—a country with notoriously overcrowded and violent prisons, based largely on the United States' model of mass incarceration—Maximum Security explores the lives of three cellmates and one guard, as they navigate a labyrinth of degradation and survival tactics behind bars. The Fall 2017 production at ID Studio Theater is presented in collaboration with BronxArtSpace's concurrent exhibition STATE PROPERTY, a multi-disciplinary examination of American consumerism of prison labor and our daily choices to purchase, condone or reject goods created in penitentiaries.
Maximum Security had it's English-language premiere at Theater for the New City in Spring, 2015, and later toured to DePaul University, IL during a conference on Prisoners' Rights, and throughout Colombia as part of the Festival Internacional de Teatro de Manizales, Colombia. This is the show's premiere in the Bronx.