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“Magnificent… achingly moving stories; people’s experiences artfully and powerfully interpreted; thought-provoking poetry; emotionally captivating dance sequences; jaw-dropping creativity; unforgettable performances…” – Johnette Rodriguez,

“Haunting… gripping… revealing.” – Channing Gray, Providence Journal 

For touring info contact Aaron Jungels at: [email protected] or (401) 831-9479


FREEDOM PROJECT is a multimedia physical theater piece that interweaves gripping personal stories, evocative imagery, and athletic choreography in an examination of mass incarceration in America. With material drawn from extensive research, as well as personal experience, the Everett Company call upon our common humanity to challenge the conditions that have transformed the “land of the free” into the most incarcerating country in the world.

What are audiences saying?

“Unbelievable. One of the most moving, gripping performances I’ve ever seen. They did a phenomenal job telling the stories of people in our community with such humanity… If you haven’t seen it yet, go see it and spread the word. You do not want to miss it.” – Rebecca Nieves-McGoldrick, Protect Families First

“I was so impressed with the whole experience! By the actors who were just amazing, every one of them… They reached deep. And yet, as harsh and painful as some stories are, it was not bitter, but showed how people can heal if given a chance.” – Toby Ayers, PhD, Executive Director Rhode Island for Community & Justice 

“A brilliantly constructed series of heartwrenching stories, beautiful movement, and imagery. It is impossible to attend and not to be deeply touched by the FREEDOM PROJECT. I could feel the entire audience drawn in and know that I am not the only one who will continue to reflect on what I experienced and its profound impact. Thank you Everett.” – Ann-Marie Reddy, Director of the Annual Fund, Johnson & Wales University

What is the press saying?

*Click on the links to read full articles.

“Research and Physicality Create Magnificent Dance at Everett Company” –

“Cinderblock Stories” – Rhode Island Monthly

“Everett’s FREEDOM PROJECT a Tough, Revealing Look at Lives Caught up in Prison System” – Providence Journal

  About Everett Company: Since 1986, the Providence-based Everett Company has been devising multidisciplinary theater works that tour nationally. Several of their pieces have received critical acclaim in major publications such as the New York Times, who singled outEverett’s Home Movies as a performance highlight for 2004. Another piece, Body of Work, was awarded a Bessie, the New York Dance and Performance Award. Since 1990, Everett has run a school out of their Carriage House rehearsal and performance space that offers free dance and theatre classes to low-income youth. Many students who have grown up through the school have gone on to join Everett’s professional touring company. Everett’s performance work has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital’s MAP Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, SURDNA, The Doris Duke Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, the National Dance Project, RISCA, and The Rhode Island Foundation, among others.

Partial funding for this event comes from Brown University Creative Arts Council and the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. SURDNA Foundation has provided generous support for FREEDOM PROJECT. Freedom Project is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Contemporary Dance Theater in partnership with The Yard, Brown University and NPN. For more information:

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