The actors from Maine Inside Out Perform in Portland.

The actors from Maine Inside Out Perform at the University of Southern Maine last year.

Maine Inside Out and the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast are pleased to announce a collaborative community event, taking place on November 16 and 17, 2015. “When We Cry forJustice, What Do We Really Mean?” promises to be a powerful, personal exploration of the criminal justice system, devised and performed by Maine Inside Out participants at the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland.

Following a sold-out performance at One Longfellow Square last fall, MIO returns on November 16 at 7 PM. Tickets ($10) are available for advance purchase at onelongfellowsquare.com or at the door. On November 17, Maine Inside Out takes the show to the Midcoast, playing at the Parker B. Poe Theater at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle at 6 PM. Tickets are available at the door for a sliding-scale donation. Each performance will be followed by a talkback with the performers.

Maine Inside Out collaborates with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people to create and share original theater. The intimacy of their live performances illuminates perspectives from inside and outside correctional facilities, and dovetail with the efforts of The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, based in Belfast, to facilitate conversation and action towards fundamental change in the justice system. Speaking on the first public collaboration between these symbiotic organizations, MIO co-director Margot Fine says, “Over the course of the past year, we have collaborated with RJP to provide an integrated web of support for our participants returning home. We are thrilled to highlight this partnership, and hope that it is the only beginning of expanded work throughout the state.”