Ten Thousand Voices
Developed by Kira Obolensky and Marcela Lorca
This creative writing challenge engages TTT’s most isolated audiences in correctional facilities and senior communities. Participants responded to writing prompts to create an original poem, letter or essay. A diverse group of playwrights and dramaturgs read all submissions and selected 16 from correctional settings and nine from senior communities.
Professional actors will read the work—shared via video thanks to a partnership with SPNN— in six episodes, which will be released beginning in November. All 61 submissions will be shared at a later date through a blog and podcast series that will involve the talent of TTT's Artist Core.
Participants are from Minnesota Correctional Facilities in Stillwater, Shakopee, and Faribault; Ramsey County Corrections; Forensic Mental Health Program in St. Peter; multiple Episcopal Homes communities; Augustana Open Circle locations; and home programs and Screen Porch Productions in Outing, Minnesota.
We are grateful for the opportunity to inspire, engage and highlight the artistic work of citizens in MN Correctional Facilities during these times of isolation. We thank all the writers for their creative participation, the artists who helped bring the work to our viewers, and the caring individuals who shepherded this extraordinary work back to Ten Thousand Things.
We look forward to bringing you three acts from Corrections followed by three new acts featuring the exceptional contributions from our Senior Communities. We thank you for watching and for supporting our efforts.
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