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Written and Directed by Miranda Haymon
Produced by The Hodgepodge Group and Lucy Powis


July 11, 2019—July 28, 2019

60 minutes, no intermission
No late seating

Read Synopsis

Adapted from Franz Kafka’s short story of the same name, IN THE PENAL COLONY investigates 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.

Written and Directed by Miranda Haymon

Produced by The Hodgepodge Group and Lucy Powis

Performed by Jamar Brathwaite, David Glover and Dhari Noel

Join us for Post-show Discussions after the following performances: July 12, July 16, July 23

  • Performer

    Barbadian born, JAMAR BRATHWAITE has played a plethora of diverse roles ranging from Shakespeare to August Wilson. Most recently he appeared in this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing (The Public Theater). Other professional highlights include The Three Musketeers (Classical Theater of Harlem’s four-time Audelco Award Winning Production), Field Awakening (Signature Theatre & Corkscrew Fest), Machinal (Columbia Stages), Ain’t Never Been Easy (Castillo), In The Penal Colony (The Tank), Manar (LPAC), One Night (Equalogy Inc. Fall tour). Jamar is a proud graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York. He is also a proud recipient of the Irving Burgie Award for Excellence in Dramatic Arts (Barbados). Jamar is honored to be apart of this amazingly gifted cast.

  • Performer

    DAVID GLOVER is a poet, actor and director from Philadelphia. He is deeply interested in stories that ask big questions and disturb our expectations, while challenging our present and our past. Off-Broadway: The Fever (La MaMa). Select NY credits: Julius Caesar (Gallery Players), Ruined (Heights Players), Vandals (The Tank), The Escape or a Leap for Freedom (Lenfest Center for the Arts), In the Penal Colony (The Tank), Three Sisters (Schapiro Studio Theatre), Funnyhouse of a Negro (LCFA), The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World (LCFA). Regional: Two Gentleman of Verona, The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning (Barrymore Award). Film: Olu and Daria (2013), Print Shop (2016), Miracle Fruit (2019). For my Mom and Dad. My grandmothers Elizabeth Hopkins and Dorethea Taylor. And my siblings Tia, Nadirah, Gregory, Johnny, Kara, James and Nicole. I am because of you. IG: @_daveyshakes

  • Performer

    DHARI NOEL is an actor and educator born and raised in Harlem. Recent productions include: Floater, Ride (Cherry Picking), The Essential Ella Maythorne (Dixon Hall), Telegraph Bois (Ars Nova), UnAmerican Activities (ECFS). He is also a regular participant of the annual Cherry Picking Festival as an actor, writer, and on the production team. After graduating from Columbia University, Dhari joined the ECFS faculty as an Ethics and Performing Arts educator for middle school and high school students. In ethics, Dhari’s curriculum has converged on the themes of social justice, moral philosophy, and community service all in effort to challenge systems of power. As an arts educator, Dhari has worked on numerous productions serving as director (The Wiz) or co-director (The Wolves, Rhinoceros, Cinched/Strapped, Rent). He is passionate about telling stories that matter and creating experiences that are transformative.

Itzel Ayala / Production Manager

ITZEL AYALA is a graduate from Allegheny College and is from Calexico, CA, a city on the border with Mexicali, Mexico. She has a major in in Theatre with a Latin American & Caribbean studies minor. She was the Production Management Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop for the 2018/19 Season. She loves the creativity that theatre has given her and is passionate about diversifying the stories that are on stage. Recent credits from NYTW include Hurricane Diane, Slave Play and What the Constitution Means to Me. Credits from Allegheny College include, Detroit (Assist. Director), Baby with the Bathwater (SM), A Civil War Christmas (ASM); with Student Experimental Theatre, the student theatre organization she led as its President, Shadow of a Man (Director), and August: Osage County (Assist. Director).

Jessica Emmanus / Stage Manager

JESSICA EMMANUS is thrilled to be a part of In the Penal Colony. Broadway: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Cher Show. Off-Broadway: Notes from the Field (Second Stage). NYC: Between the Lines, Love, Loss, and What I Wore (92nd Street Y), Protest (Cherry Lane Theatre). Regional: Seared, Dangerous House, Buffalo Bill (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Education: MFA, Columbia University. Thanks to her parents and her friends for always being supportive of the journey.

Emmie Finckel / Set Designer

EMMIE FINCKEL is a New York based scenic and properties designer specializing in new work and immersive. Recent design credits include Riot Antigone (La MaMa), Eurydice, The Pillowman, Mr. Burns… (Wesleyan University), Mondo Tragic (NBT), Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie (Props – Ars Nova), Folk Wandering (Props – ART/NY), Athena (JACK), Suds, All Aboard, Out There (Bluelaces Theater Co.), East O’, West O’, Telegraph Bois (ANTFEST – Ars Nova), SHE: A Choreoplay, And It Felt Like A Kiss… (HERE Arts), Oklahoma!, The Armor Plays, Rhinoceros (Fieldston School). Assistant/associate design credits include numerous productions with David Korins (Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen) and Gabriel Evansohn (KPOP (Ars Nova & ART/NY), Empire Travel Agency). Emmie holds a BA from Wesleyan University, and is a proud member of the Woodshed Collective. See more of their work at

Miranda Haymon / Director/Writer

MIRANDA HAYMON is a Princess Grace Award/Honoraria-winning writer, director and deviser of performance originally from Boston. Her recent projects include Mondo Tragic at The National Black Theatre, Erotophobia at Fordham University, and Eclipsed at Dartmouth College where she co-taught Contemporary Theater. She is an Artist-in-Residence at Roundabout Theatre Company; previously as the 2017/18 Directing Fellow, currently the Artistic Development Associate. Miranda is Resident Director at The Tank, a New Georges Affiliate Artist and 2019 Audrey Resident, a Space on Ryder Farm 2019 Creative Resident, member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, the Wingspace Mentorship Program, a 2019/20 New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Directing Fellow, a Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow, and a former Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow at Arena Stage. Miranda is a graduate of Wesleyan University where she double majored in German Studies and Theater and was awarded the Rachel Henderson Theater Prize in Directing. Upcoming: We Are Proud To Present… (Sarah Lawrence College), Exception to the Rule (Roundabout Underground).

The Hodgepodge Group / Producer

THE HODGEPODGE GROUP is a producing entity and community of artists, organizers, and scholars led by Miranda Haymon and Rose Beth Johnson-Brown that has created live performance and moving images alongside direct political action initiatives since 2017. By requiring all associated productions to integrate direct action into their work, they support art that makes change artistically and practically. Their work has been seen at Capital Fringe, Panorama Philly and The Tank.

Valentine Monfeuga / Sound Designer

VALENTINE MONFEUGA  is from Paris, France and based in New York City. Their work has been heard at The Public, NYTW, The New School, Japan Society, WP Theater, The Tank, The New Ohio, Dixon Place, Access Theater; and regionally at Princeton, Williamstown Theater Festival, SUNY Purchase, The Cider Mill Playhouse. Current projects include The Play That Goes Wrong at NWS, Dana H. at CTG/Goodman, Make Believe at 2econd Stage, and Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow at MCC.

Lucy Powis / Producer

LUCY POWIS is a dramaturg, producer, and arts administrator who hails from Toronto. She is a Literary Assistant at Abrams Artists Agency, and previously held seasonal positions in the Artistic departments of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Roundabout Theatre Company. She has developed work with Fresh Ground Pepper and NYTW’s 2050 Fellowship. Recent credits include producing [wave emoji] (Ars Nova’s ANT Fest), associate producing Between the Threads: Jewish Women Project (HERE), producing PROSPERITY!, and dramaturging How to Mourn an American (LPAC’s Rough Draft Festival). She is a recent graduate of Columbia’s MFA Dramaturgy program and a proud member of LMDA.

Cha See / Lighting Designer

CHA SEE is from Manila, Philippines. Credits include: Cute Activist (Bushwick Starr); Macbeth In Stride (Joe’s Pub); The Triumphant (Target Margin Theatre); Nora (The Juilliard School); What To Send Up When It Goes Down (The Movement); Mondo Tragic (National Black Theatre); Plural Love (Soho Rep Lab); Anna May Wong (Mabou Mines); The Maturation of an Inconvenient Negro (Cherry Lane); SKINNAMARINK (NYTW Next Door). Upcoming: America V2.1 (Barrington Stage); On The Grounds of Belonging (Long Wharf Theatre); Yasmina’s Necklace (Premiere Stages). Cha is exhibiting her works at the Prague Quadrennial 2019. Training: MFA NYU Tisch. For more @seethruuu