Drama V to X Takes the U.S. Justice System to Task
V to X delivers a sobering look at privatized incarceration. According to the 2010 U.S. census, for every 100 African American women ages 25 to 54, there are approximately 83 black men living free in society. About 600,000 of these men who are "missing" from American homes are incarcerated and help fuel the burgeoning privatized prison industry. While some are serving time for violent crimes, many have fallen victim to disproportionate sentencing guidelines. Unable to afford bail, thousands more remain incarcerated for years, awaiting trial. However, most criminal punishment results in convictions imposed through plea deals. In this look at the U.S. justice system, writer-director Kash Goins draws inspiration from the tragic experience of New York teen Kalief Browder, whose diminished mental state after three years of abusive Rikers Island incarceration -- without having ever gone to trial -- drove him to suicide upon release in 2015. The Philadelphia Inquirer hailed Goins' play as "a work that erupts with tragic power and vicious humor." Arden Theatre Company brings this gripping interactive drama to the Bob and Selma Studio Theatre stage.
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The last date listed for V to X was Thursday, Apr 12, 2018 / 8:00pm .