Using a blend of interviews, archival research, Methodist hymns, and original songs, this new play investigates the lives in and around a rural community for sex offenders, buried deep in Florida's sugarcane fields. More…
During late fall in 2015, members of Life Jacket traveled to southern Florida to interview the marginalized residents of Miracle Village. The team has transformed their academic field research into an unflinching play about darkness, uncertainty, and the painful process of healing in small-town America.
See it if Lives of paroled sex offenders in an isolated community. Complex people with a lot to offer despite their crimes. Beautiful songs & vocals.
Don't see it if The play forces you to open up to these people, but it is disturbing to do so. Explicit descriptions of sex acts with minors.
Also Superb performances
See it if Drama w/music surrounding a community of 'recovering' pedophiles Intense, edgy material eases uneven layout Real subject - quality of mercy
Don't see it if Integration of various story lines is awkward w/Chad's story stealing focus Forgiveness theme wins out over self-knowledge/search of motive
See it if you like plays drawn from real interviews & tackling uncomfortable subjects, learning how the marginalized struggle, plots that move in time
Don't see it if you are repelled by topic of sexual abuse, don't believe sex abusers deserve redemption, plays that jarringly mix music with dialogue
See it if you are interested in a wider take on the Me Too movement. The show is incredibly timely. It explores complexity of many points of view
Don't see it if frank sexual descriptions will upset you. The actors interpret actual people describing life experiences. Some of which are disturbing.
See it if documentary theatre, excellent singer/actors playing mutliple characters, LifeJacket Theatre Co. and Travis Russ' work turn you on
Don't see it if documentation of American pedophilia, difficult topics, inability to think about taboos, would cause you to be miserable watching this show
See it if you’re open to the idea that some people capable of awful crimes are also capable of acute remorse. AIHTS succeeds @ walking a fine line.
Don't see it if the idea above isn’t constructive to you; you’re appalled/uninterested by the show’s blurb. (The mktg’s entirely accurate re tone, content.)
See it if You like challenging theater about challenging subjects - it prompted a long discussion among my friends about how to deal w/sex criminals.
Don't see it if This show is the definition of trigger warning - pedophiles are allowed to try to charm you; it's true to life, but can be disturbing.
See it if you like musicals based on real people and events, and if you value an exploration of morals, sin, and sexuality.
Don't see it if you're squeamish about sex offenders and aren't willing to reevaluate your views.
See it if You're in the mood for an intelligent and absorbing piece of theater that explores sometimes-uncomfortable subjects with nuance and heart.
Don't see it if You aren't open to the idea of a show about convicted sex offenders.
See it if you like uneasy stories of humanity and the potential for redemption.
Don't see it if the subject matter of sexual abuse is too intense for you.
See it if You enjoy looking at the underside of the world in which we live told in creative “moment work” fashion by actors at the top of their games.
Don't see it if You’re looking for cohesive docudrama with a clear thesis. This play inspires research, but doesn’t seem to have a case of its own.
See it if The best piece of documentary theater I've ever seen. Compassionate, challenging, and hopeful.
Don't see it if This play looks so directly at crime and punishment in America: it's upsetting but absolutely worth it.
See it if you're game to see different and challenging work. The show is beautifully constructed w/ the necessary juxtaposition of troubling and human
Don't see it if content on humanizing sexual offenders would be triggering, or if you don't want a serious night of theatre. Funny moments but heavy content
See it if You are interested in finding out what happens in a town with registered sex offenders as residents sprinkled with love stories and music.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in a play humanizing sex offenders and exploring their lives as people.
See it if If you hope to have a theater experience make you think, wonder, and question the status quo. Step outside yourself and take a new journey.
Don't see it if If you are incapable of reimagining what we accept to be the normal.
See it if you want to see an incredible piece of theatre from amazing acting of an important story, beautiful staging and lighting, and stunning songs
Don't see it if you don't want your views on sex offenders/sexual abuse complicated, or if you want to come out with a solid opinion.
See it if Tough topic well handled. Amazing performances. Makes you think.
Don't see it if You don’t J.T. want your opinions screwed with. Or pedophiles
See it if a non-fictional tale of redemption of (possibly deceiving) sex offenders sounds interesting
Don't see it if you don't want to be challenged, or you fear feeling uncomfortable
See it if you want to learn more about a taboo topic, where sex offenders live (and how) when they are released from jail.
Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with the themes (sexual abuse) explored.