Maximum Security

ID Studio Theater

Maximum Security

Written by Piedad Bonnett

Directed by Nelson Celis

Translation by Lucia della Paolera

Set in a penitentiary in Colombia—a country with notoriously overcrowded and violent prisons, based largely on the United States' model of mass incarceration—Maximum Security explores the lives of three cellmates and one guard, as they navigate a labyrinth of degradation and survival tactics behind bars.

The Fall 2017 production at ID Studio Theater is presented in collaboration with BronxArtSpace's concurrent exhibition STATE PROPERTY, a multi-disciplinary examination of American consumerism of prison labor and our daily choices to purchase, condone or reject goods created in penitentiaries.

Select performances of the play are preceded by panel discussions and Q&A: "Prison Politics: Conversations on the State of Prisoners Rights Today"  led by a panel of legal experts, human rights advocates, artists and journalists, moderated by Lucia della Paolera, the play's translator, that explore the complex question of prisoners’ rights and prison reform in Colombia, the US and worldwide. These discussions seek to contextualize and ground in current events the issues raised in the play, and to expand public awareness and engagement. 


ID Studio Theater

311 East 140th Street, Bronx, NY 10454


Panelists to date: 

May 28, 2015 Panel:

Mark Burton, Board Member at Alliance for Global Justice, and Lawyer for Colombian Revolutionary Ricardo Palmera
Brett Dignam, Law Professor at Columbia University
Max Kenner, Founder of the Bard Prison Initiative
Mario Murillo, Professor of Media Studies and Latin American Studies at Hofstra University, Author of "Colombia and the United States: War, Unrest and Destabilization"

June 11, 2015 Panel:

 - Paula Avila-Guillen, Advocacy Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, Center for Reproductive Rights

- Germán Jaramillo, Artistic Director of ID Studio Theater
- Samuel Miller, Human Rights Lawyer working in Prisoners' Rights
Jed Tucker, Director of Reentry at the Bard Prison Initiative

- Gabriel Chavez, Movement for Peace in Colombia