Colorado Rights Blog


  • Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley spoke at the marriage equality rally on March 3rd

  • Leisel Kemp, whose brother Jason was killed by CSP after they entered his home without a warrant, spoke at the 2013 Bill of Rights Dinner about the ACLU’s legal advocacy on behalf of her family.

  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind is an original short film from the ACLU of Colorado about a man who has spent 17 years in solitary confinement and now suffers from debilitating mental illness.

Mariposa and the Saint

Mariposa & the Saint: From Solitary Confinement, A Play Through Letters

A nationally touring theater production, created by Julia Steele Allen, an award-winning playwright and activist, brings to life the true story of a woman locked in solitary confinement for nearly three years, in her own words. Mariposa & the Saint is a play written by Julia Steele Allen and Sara (Mariposa) Fonseca over two and half years while she was in the SHU in a southern CA women’s prison. The text is derived entirely from her letters to Julia and draws on memory, music and myth to create an emotionally charged piece investigating the true injustice of solitary confinement in this country. It is a 45-minute play, followed by a 45-minute dialogue/ workshop where we take a concrete action step together to further a local or statewide campaign. The play is directed by Noelle Ghoussaini and performed by Julia Steele Allen and Ray Huth.

Join us for four performances of Mariposa & the Saint and discussions with ACLU of Colorado, who helped to pass new legislation banning the use of solitary confinement on prisoners with serious mental illnesses, and is now working toward an end to the use of long term solitary confinement in all forms.

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10/29 Boulder – Wesley Chapel 7 p.m.
11/1 Denver – Crossroads Theater  7p.m.
11/2 Denver- University of Denver 6:30 p.m.
11/3 Colorado Springs – Colorado College 7 p.m.

“The movement against solitary confinement is growing across the country, but for many, the issue remains abstract. Through her letters, Mariposa tells a story that reveals both the devastating effects of long-term isolated confinement, and, as she says: ‘the magic that comes with the struggle to keep your spirit alive.’ The power of her words, smuggled through so many walls, reaches the audience and impacts them, profoundly.”
– Julia Steele Allen


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