Adapted from Franz Kafka's short story of the same name, In the Penal Colonyinvestigates the performance of power, patriarchy and punishment. Three black men convene in an unnamed penal colony, asking what it means for them to exist in the media, when observed, when consumed, when punished.
The cast will feature Jamar Brathwaite (Much Ado About Nothing at The Public Theater; The Three Musketeerswith Classical Theater of Harlem),David Glover(The Feverat La MaMa; Vandalsat The Tank), and Dhari Noel (Telegraph Boisat Ars Nova; Floater, Ride with Cherry Picking) with Set Design by Emmie Finckel(Athena at JACK;Riot Antigone at La MaMa), Lighting Design by Cha See(Cute Activist at Bushwick Starr;The Triumphant with Target Margin Theatre), and Sound Design by Valentine Monfeuga(Let’s Get Ready Togetherat The Tank; Assistant on The Rape of the Sabine Women, By Grace B. Matthias with The Playwrights Realm).
In the Penal Colonyis part ofNext Door at NYTW which provides a home for companies and artists who are producing their own work. This initiative provides each project with subsidized resources and space for development and performance in the Fourth Street Theatre. As part of an ongoing effort to expand support for artists at every stage of their careers, this series served over 300 artists in the first two years alone.