Latest Prison Story Project performance set for Nov. 23

Women at the Northwest Arkansas Community Correction Center watch in 2014 as actors perform using a script developed from stories told by inmates who participated in the NWA Prison Story Project.

Todd Gill, Flyer staff

The Prison Story Project is set to present its latest performance from the Stories From the Inside Out series at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 224 N. East Ave. in Fayetteville.

It’s the group’s ninth production and the first staged reading of stories written by women from the NWA Community Correction Center in over two years. The organization has spent the past couple of years focusing on stories written by men on Arkansas’ death row.

This latest Stories From the Inside Out production features stories from nine inmates who volunteered for the program, which began in August under the leadership of Jane Blunschi, the project’s creative writing director. The program consists of twice-a-week courses with a team of artists who help the women explore their own personal stories through poetry and creative writing.

Theatre director Erika Wilhite has curated the women’s stories into a staged reading that will be presented twice – once inside the prison for approximately 100 female inmates, and then a second time for the public.

The event is free and open to the public, however, a $10 donation is encouraged. A portion of the proceeds twill benefit Magdalene Serenity House.

For more information about the event, contact project director Kathy McGregor at 479-871-4875. To learn more about the project, visit