Though Bodner Studios is not affiliated with the event, they rented space for local artist Karen Seltzer, Greg Ellis of Indiana Playmakers and Nick Hess of the Indiana Information Center for the Abolition of Capital Punishment to organize the event.
The Indiana Information Center for the Abolition of Capital Punishment, or IICACP, will present the “Images” portion of an exhibit entitled The Death Penalty in Words and Images. This exhibit features contest-winning oil paintings and pencil drawings by death row inmates from the Terre Haute Federal and Michigan City State Prisons.
The full exhibit with the “Words” portion will be opening the following week at the Wheeler Arts Center, running Nov. 5-13, with a play based on inmates’ letters performed by IUPUI’s Act Out Ensemble, as part of the Spirit and Place Festival.
At Bodner, in tandem with the Death Penalty exhibit, Indiana Playmakers will debut five short original plays every half hour. Applesauce and Geraniums is a generational tale of a mother, daughter and grandmother with different political views voting in the election. The Emperor’s New Clothes is an experimental, 1984-style short, depicting a young boy who gets bullied by spin-doctors. Aberrations tells the story of a Navy SEAL fresh back from Abu Ghirab prison.
“Art for Political Change” will also screen Ed Boilini’s award-winning experimental short film about capital punishment, The Executioner’s Face. According to Boilini, the film was screened in Italy and the Netherlands, and won an experimental award from the Indiana Film Society. The looped short features impressionistic images of life on Death Row. Local poet Liza Hyatt will also give two 15-minute readings.