Public Events

Putting Creativity into Action

DU PAI's performances and arts events are evidence of memorable and enduring collaborations with facilities across Colorado. The casts and crews for these productions consist of incarcerated people, which means all design and technical elements are imagined and created inside. This dedication to the arts by all involved has resulted in two full-scale productions since Fall 2019.

If Light Closed Its Eyes

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The DU Prison Arts Initiative and the Colorado Department of Corrections Presents:

If Light Closed Its Eyes

Created by Matthew LaBonte, Terry Mosley Jr., Ashley Hamilton, Craig Forbes, DeShon McKinnie and artists in Sterling Correctional Facility

A verbatim documentary play created from 100 interviews, exploring shared humanity and the criminal justice system

We are inviting the public to Unit 4 of Sterling Correctional Facility for the following production dates & times:

  • Friday, July 22 at 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 24 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, July 29 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 30 at 2 p.m.

Reserve Your Seats

I think a lot of people have the idea that prison is 'lock them up, throw away the key, they don't deserve anything.' So, when you start bringing the human conversation back . . . then those conversations start shifting.

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