The Graduates is an ensemble theater company comprised of formerly incarcerated women from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women. Their performances often focus on healing of some kind, based on the personal needs and themes that come from the group. Much like Rage Within/Without, impulses for performances come from an individual performer’s epiphany, trauma, or a story that is somehow stuck in them. The performers all bring their personal and cultural experiences to rehearsals and explode the one story into a piece that hopefully touches the entire community. Themes for The Graduates have included: racism, masks that we wear to protect ourselves, and women’s body images.
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