Three men and one woman – Vilma Ortiz Donovan, Kenneth Harrington, Angel Ramos and Casimiro Torres – share personal stories from their childhood to life in prison, homelessness and beyond in The Castle, which was conceived and directed by David Rothenberg.
Eric Krebs and Chase Mishkin produce the open-ended engagement.
The Off-Broadway production and its title are inspired by the resident home run by the Fortune Society in upper Manhattan. The dramatic work features personal accounts of formerly incarcerated individuals and their re-entry into society.
Since its launch 40 years ago, the Fortune Society has been developing model programs that help former prisoners successfully re-enter their communities. The Castle serves as the Fortune Society's resident program for 60 men and women.
Inspired by the 1967 Off-Broadway prison drama, Fortune in Men's Eyes, the Fortune Society was founded by former theatre publicist David Rothenberg. Among the services offered are supportive housing, career development, job retention, substance abuse treatment, alternatives to incarceration, HIV/AIDS services, education, family services and drop-in services as well as ongoing access to aftercare. On April 29 Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole and former New York Mayor David Dinkins will co-host a 7 PM benefit performance of The Castle, which will aid The Fortune Society.
The Castle plays Saturdays and Sundays at 5 PM. Tickets, priced $30-$45, are available by phoning (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com.
New World Stages is located in Manhattan at 340 West 50th Street.
For more information visit www.fortunesociety.org.