JustUs: Stories From the Frontlines of the Criminal Justice System: A Virtual Event


"JustUs: Stories From the Frontlines of the Criminal Justice System," a series of monologues produced by Motus Theater.

The JustUs: Stories From the Frontlines of the Criminal Justice System project was created by Motus Theater as a way to mobilize discussion and inspire action by sharing artfully crafted autobiographical stories that illustrate the consequences of incarceration and the injustices within the criminal justice system (both behind bars and beyond).

As part of a 17- week workshop, eight people who have been formerly incarcerated worked alongside Motus Theater’s Artistic Director, Kirsten Wilson, to develop autobiographical monologues. These monologues cover themes as diverse as racial profiling, inequity in the bond/bail system, human rights abuses in prison, the criminalization of substance abusers, and the systemic racism and poverty that pushes young people into illicit economies.

This event will be livestreamed on MCA Denver's YouTube channel.

The mission of Motus Theater is to create original theater to facilitate dialogue on critical issues of our time. They aim to use the power of art to build alliances across diverse segments of their community and country. Storytelling is at the heart of what makes us human. Motus Theater focuses on bringing marginalized voices or silenced histories to the stage. They support inclusion by expanding their audiences’ experiences of the variety of stories that make up the country. By using theater to learn and listen across the gaps of difference they weave tighter, stronger and more connected communities.

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