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ZQLXBB9r_tHNLg2IUjTNXjl72eJkfbmt4t8yenImKBXEejxNn4ZJNZ2ss5Ku7CxtOpening the Box: A Play About Solitary Confinement

Writer, editor, and solitary survivor Sarah Shourd is partnering with Solitary Watch to write and produce a play using real stories from a diverse pool of people in solitary confinement in the United States today. The stories will represent a spectrum of people—immigrants, children, lifers and women. Some will have lived in solitary for a quarter of a century, others a few months or weeks. Sarah writes of the project:

A grey, limitless ocean that stretches out in front and behind you–a colorless world with almost all the life drained out of it–an emptiness and loneliness so inescapable and all-encompassing it feels like it might erase you. The best way I know to describe the psychological torture of prolonged solitary confinement is that it feels like a slow death. Day by day, you lose your connection to everything outside the prison walls…

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