Otisville State Prison Theatre WorkshopA conversation with Director Richard Hoehler
Moderated by Francesca Ferrara
With appearances by Joshua Gumora, Dice Livingston,
Jay Montanez, Jason Morales & Azusa SheShe Dance

Monday, December 10 | 7:30PM

HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street
Suggested donation $5-$10


“In the worst troublemakers lie, logically enough, the most creative potential. The trick is knowing that it’s there, then having the courage to reach for it.”  ––M. Nagler

In 2011, Richard Hoehler took the reins of the Otisville Theatre Workshop, teaching a weekly acting class and mounting productions every year or so with the men incarcerated in New York’s Otisville State Prison. In addition to professional actor training, writing workshops are conducted during the creation of an original piece. Over the past seven years the workshop has mounted four “inside” productions and brought in two outside plays.

Otisville Theatre Workshop’s most recent production, THIS IS THIS, is an evening of theater comprised of nine dramatic scenes, both original and published, connected by an original spoken word narrative. The issues of the play are family struggles, gun violence, drug addiction, bigotry, bureaucracy, and reconciliation.

Join us for an evening of discussion with Otisville Theatre Workshop’s director and participants, to learn about their process, experiences and more.

Featuring a live performance excerpted from their most recent piece, THIS IS THIS.

Richard Hoehler has created four solo shows including I of the Storm, New Jersey/New York, Working Class (OOBR AWARD-Best Solo Performance), and Human Resources (BEST OF FEST) and his two-man play, Fathers & Sons, ran at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row. Other acting stage work: Rounding Third, K2, Kalighat, True West, Cries for Peace, The Rubber Room, Inadmissible, Day of the Dad (Best Actor in a Lead Role), Sex Today, Love Tomorrow, and HAIR (55+). Television: NYPD Blue, Law and Order, Criminal Intent, Third Watch, The Black Box. Richard’s work has been published in Middle Jersey Writers, Real Fiction, The Moody Street Review, The New York Press, and Smith and Kraus Best Stage Scene and Monologue Series. He is the director of the Otisville Theatre Workshop, an acting class and theatre company at Otisville State Prison. Richard’s newest solo piece, E, a “live memoir,” has been recently featured at The Cornelia Street Café, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, and the Commons. (richardhoehler.com)

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