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FROM THE BLOG

A PECULIAR LOVE STORY BY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR DAVID DOWER


Peculiar Patriot

In interviews, Liza Jessie Peterson often talks about The Peculiar Patriot as a love story. Her heroine, she points out, was modeled on the people she would see waiting in long lines in the middle of the night on Manhattan’s Columbus Circle for the buses that were going to take them to see their incarcerated loved ones in upstate New York prisons. They would travel through the night, some as much as eight hours, to visit for whatever meager minutes and under whatever regulated conditions the prison policies allowed, and then get right back on the buses for home. What else but love could explain this sacrifice?

Who are these people, both the visitors and the visited? Chances are pretty good you or someone sitting near you could name a few loved ones that either ride such a bus or are waiting on the other end for their arrival. Just look at the statistics:

– More than 2 million people in the United States are currently in prison.

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ArtsEmerson Leadership Photo“ArtsEmerson puts the world on stage and screen to help us understand our world, celebrate our place in it, and explore how we each can contribute to its transformation. We are passionately committed to delivering exceptional experiences for our audiences and operate from the belief that the arts belong to everyone. We invite you to come with us to places you have not been and share experiences you could not anticipate but will never forget. And, if you are so inclined, to engage with a room full of fellow travelers (who are your neighbors) to sort it all out. Let us begin to rediscover our community through the shared experience of art and conversation.”

– ArtsEmerson Leadership Team