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Ensemble, Osborn Minimum Security Facility performance

 Digital Record


  • 1970 - 1971


The Black Experience in the Arts featured 2 performances by an ensemble from Osborne Minimum Security Correctional Facility.

A recording of the 1971 visit revealed a melange of music, monologues, one-act scenes, and spoken word performanes. None of the speakers are identified individually but several of the performers spoke before their performance and described prison as a place for questioning and a confrontation with oneself's self. The theaterical performances include discussions of prison life and racial and social problems that plague American society. While most of the one-act scenes are dramas, there are a few lighter performances which generated significant laughter from the students.

On a technical note, there is a noticable hum that can be heard throughout the recording.

The ensemble visited 12/7/1971 (2015-0002/RR7) and 11/16/1970 (2015-0002/RR251).

Existence and Location of Originals

Original audio recordings reside in the University of Connecticut, Black Experience in the Arts Collection, Archives & Special Collections, UConn Library.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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