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 read the work—shared via video thanks to a partnership with SPNN— in six parts. Corrections, Acts 1, 2 and 3 and Seniors Acts 1, 2, and 3 can all be found below.
We have also expanded this program into a podcast series, featuring even more writers.
Click to Watch Seniors, Act 3 (Readings begin at 2:29)
Click to Watch Seniors, Act 2 (Readings begin at 2:30)
Click to Watch Corrections: Act 3 (Readings begin at 2:42)
Click to Watch Corrections: Act 2 (Readings begin at 2:46)
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 as well as some Seniors living in Minnesota during these times of isolation. We thank all the writers for their creative participation, the artists who helped bring the work to you, our viewers, and the caring individuals who shepherded this extraordinary work back to Ten Thousand Things.