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Former prisoners, vets honor 'The Buddha' in staged productions

A series of performances at Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts will blur the lines separating art, theater and social work to break down barriers among people and communities.

Courtesy of the Pulitzer


Emily Piro, case manager at St. Patrick Center, works with "Staging Reflections of the Buddha."

“Staging Reflections of the Buddha,” opening Thursday, is a collaboration of The Pulitzer, Prison Performing Arts, St. Patrick Center and Employment Connection. For the past five months, PPA has led the actors in weekly workshops that included exploring their relationships with the works of the current “Reflections of the Buddha” exhibition. 

Theater pieces created during these workshops not only connect the actors with the art but also with the audiences. “Their journeys unite with ours through theater experiences amidst the art and through shared ritual,” Pulitzer community projects director Lisa Harper Chang said, in a press release.

The March 10 closing performance will precede a lantern ceremony.

Watch a video featuring one PPA performer: http://vimeo.com/33242728

Where: Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, 3716 Washington Blvd., 63108

When: Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 23-March 10

How much: Free but ticket required

Tickets/Information: www.stagingbuddha.pulitzerarts.org



‘Servy-n-Bernice 4ever'

Where: Dunham Hall Theater, SIUE campus, Edwardsville, Ill., 62026

When: Wednesday, Feb. 22-Saturday, Feb. 25

How much: $8-$10

Tickets: 618-650-2774

Information: www.siue.edu/artsandsciences/theater

‘Briefs: A Festival of Short Lesbian and Gay Plays'

Where: La Perla, 312 N. 8th Street, 63101

When:  8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24; 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26

How much: $15; $12 students, seniors

Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/215115

Information: www.uppityco.com/briefs.html, www.facebook.com/events/314824328542644/

‘Something Sensational: A Tribute to Oscar Wilde on the 130th Anniversary of His Visit'

Where: Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., 63110

When: 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24

How much: Free

Information: www.mobot.org

Nancy is a veteran journalist whose career spans television, radio, print and online media. Her passions include the arts and social justice, and she particularly delights in the stories of people living and working in that intersection.

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