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Prometheus in Prison

Overview

Prometheus in Prison is an innovative project that presents readings of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound as a catalyst for town hall discussions about the challenges of supervising and rehabilitating prisoners in both correctional facilities and in communities.

This unique, participatory event is intended to promote healthy discussion between corrections officers, parole officers, social workers, food service workers, wardens and other corrections professionals, fostering compassion, morale, cooperation and understanding.

“The pilot performance of Prometheus in Prison was a landmark event that brought employees from across divisions together and engaged them in a safe, constructive conversation that helped us examine and strengthen our core values. We are grateful for the opportunity to proliferate this project throughout our system and believe it will give our staff a better understanding of the crucial role they play, as well as generate a renewed enthusiasm about the work we do each day.”
–George Lombardi, Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Prometheus in Prison premiered at the Missouri Department of Corrections in August 2009. A female version of the project, Promethea in Prison, was presented at the Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic & Correctional Center in Vandalia, Missouri in December 2009. In the summer of 2010, it was presented at the American Correctional Association’s 140th Congress of Correction in Chicago, and for the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay in June 2011.