Poetic Justice Project advances social justice by engaging formerly incarcerated youth and adults in arts education, mentoring and the creation of original theatre examining crime, punishment and redemption.



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pjp inside outINSIDE OUT: A Comedic Look At Prison and Re-Entry 

Poetic Justice Project will present its first Commedia Dell’Arte play, INSIDE OUT, on the Central Coast in December. Commedia Dell’Arte is a style of masked, slapstick comedy that dates back to 16th Century Italy.

INSIDE OUT follows character Damian from trial to prison to parole as he wears whatever mask he needs to survive. Damian is saved by the love of a good woman, and by his determination to never return to prison. This irreverent comedy was co-created by the actors and director Gale McNeeley, a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and Scuola Internazionale Dell’Attore Comico in Italy.

INSIDE OUT shows Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1344 St., San Luis Obispo. Reserve your place.

On Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m., there is one performance at Niche Theater at Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church, 820 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. Reserve your place.

On Friday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m., INSIDE OUT will be performed at Unity Chapel of Light, 1165 Stubblefield Rd., Santa Maria. Reserve your place.

INSIDE OUT’s sponsors include The Catholic Church of the Beatitudes, Unity Chapel of Light, Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation Social Justice Ministry, Santa Barbara Friend Meeting (Quakers), Alternatives to Violence Project Workshops, Santa Barbara Family Dentistry, Ronald & Betty Faas, John Hollingshead & Carol Karamitsos, Nancy Johnson, Dr. Herb Kandel, Frank & Mary Lou La Barge, Franca Bongi Lockard, Dr. Daniel Ng, Dr. Ron Ng, Marlene Robinson, Cynthia Semel, Dr. John & Annette Thomas, Alice Welchert and Rosh Wright. Ongoing support for Poetic Justice Project has come from the Fund for Santa Barbara.