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ODURep Presents "Getting Out" at Goode Theatre

ODURep will present "Getting Out," Marsha Norman's drama about a young woman's first day of freedom after spending eight years in prison and her struggle to maintain the changes she adopted during her incarceration.

Norman won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1983 for her play "'night, Mother." She wrote the book and lyrics for the Broadway musical "The Secret Garden," for which she won a Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical. She wrote the libretto for the musical version of "The Color Purple" and the book for the musical adaptation of "The Bridges of Madison County." "Getting Out," Norman's first play, premiered in her native Louisville, Ky., in 1979.

"Getting Out" opens at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Goode Theatre, 4601 Monarch Way. Other evening shows are set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 23, 27 and 28, and March 1 and 2. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee on March 3. Free parking is available in Garage D, 1060 W. 45th St.

Tickets are available at www.ODUArtsTix.com, or by calling the box office at (757) 683-5305. Box office hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday in the University Theatre and one hour before each show inside the Goode Theatre. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more.

Additionally, ODUrep will host a panel discussion titled "The Road Through Re-Entry" from 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Goode Theatre. It is free and open to the public.

  • Topics to be discussed include:
  • What factors drive recidivism, and how can they be minimized?
  • What support is needed in the transition from incarceration?
  • What challenges are faced by children involved in the justice system?

The event will be moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee, executive director and host of "Another View" on WHRV-FM.

Panelists are:

  • Mona Danner, professor and chair of ODU 's Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.
  • Alison Reed, co-founder and director of Humanities Behind Bars and assistant professor of English.
  • Derek "DJ" James, resident poet and artist of Humanities Behind Bars.
  • Julia Morris, Ph.D. candidate, Norris graduate research assistant for ODU's Darden College Literacy & Education Research.
  • Andrea Atwell, assistant director for Tidewater Youth Services Commission's 2nd Chance/Re-Entry Program.
  • Angela Antoine, founder, House of Dreams Re-Entry Consulting.
  • Sandra Brandt, executive director of STEP-UP Inc.
  • Kathryn Hall, co-convener of the Norfolk City Re-Entry Council.

"Getting Out" is part of NEA Big Read: Hampton Roads. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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