Global Perspectives is series of free panels connecting the play, This Wide Night, to the real-life experiences of women in prison and community organizing to build support systems for Women’s reentry after incarceration. All of the panels are free, virtual, and accessible whether you have seen the play or live hundreds of miles from Chicago.
Designer Panel: Sunday, November 7, 5:30-6:30 pm CST
Join us for a virtual conversation with Georgette Verdin (Director of This Wide Night) and Sotirios Livaditis (Set Designer) about the design process of This Wide Night!
Georgette Verdin (Director) is a Cuban-American freelance director, theatre and speech educator, arts integration specialist and the Managing Artistic Director of Interrobang Theatre Project. Recent directing credits include Tribes(Nina Raine) at Western Michigan University, Jeff recommended productions of Out of Love (U.S. Premiere, Elinor Cook), Grace and Recent Tragic Events (Craig Wright) and Time Stands Still (Donald Margulies), as well as the 2013 & 2016 Yale Drama Series winners, Still (Jen Silverman) and Utility (Emily Schwend). Georgette has also worked with Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Facility Theatre and Chicago Dramatists, among others. Georgette holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA and a Master in Directing from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She is an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Sotirios I. Livaditis (Set Designer) is happy to be making his Shattered Globe Theatre debut and to be returning to Interrobang Theatre Project where he designed Out of Love. Recent Chicago credits include Teenage Dick (Theatre Wit), Mosquitoes (Steep Theatre), Hans Christian Andersen, (Northwestern University), For Services Rendered (Griffin Theatre – Jeff nomination). He has worked as an associate designer with The Alliance Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre and The Irish National Opera. Upcoming projects include Ragtime (Music Theatre Works), Wellesley Girl (Compass Theatre) and Light Falls (Steep Theatre). He will be teaming up with designer Todd Rosenthal on the world premiere of Christina Anderson’s The Ripple, The Wave that Carried me Home (Goodman Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre). He received his MFA from Northwestern University. Experience more of his work at www.sotiriosdesigns.com.
Watch our first Global Perspectives for This Wide Night on Youtube!
Justice for Incarcerated Women: Sunday, October 24, 5:30-6:30 pm CST
“Twelve years inside and I’m still not free. Not properly.”
— Lorraine in Chloe Moss’ play, This Wide Night
Join us for a virtual post-show conversation about Justice for Incarcerated Women with Elizabeth “Liz” Cruz and Marcus Mason-Vivit.
Elizabeth “Liz” Cruz, MA, CADC and CODP-I
Senior Advisor and CCH Care Coordinator for Gender Responsive Services, The Women’s Justice Institute (WJI)
Adjunct Faculty Instructor, Human Services & Psychology Departments
Liz Cruz has worked in leadership positions throughout the field of mental health and substance use for more than one decade. This work recently led her to an appointment as the Lead Strategic Advisor to the Health & Well-being Working Group of the historic Statewide Women’s Justice Task Force of Illinois, a project of the Women’s Justice Institute (WJI), which united directly impacted women and over 100 other women leaders behind building a plan to reduce the women’s prison population by at least 50%. Since the appointment to the WJI, Liz has taken on a special role as Senior Advisor for the WJI and is currently working as a Care Coordinator for the Cook County Health/SAMHSA Women’s Reentry Initiative. Liz also provides support to partner agencies in relation to civic engagement, training and assistance of gender responsive/trauma informed policies/practices and providing quality improvement/assurance on several grants with the WJI.
Elizabeth earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Argosy University in 2014, and her Master’s Degree in 2016 in Forensic Psychology. Liz desired to continue to educate, so much so that she was hired as an Adjunct Faculty and has been an instructor there for over four years.
Liz continues her journey as a clinical professional, educator and advocate to provide guidance and support to women impacted by the legal system as well as students seeking to continue their educational journey, as she knows all too well the journey of both.
Mason-Vivit Consulting Group (EDI Consultant) aims to partner with individuals and organizations to help them be anti- racist, establish a better sense of belonging amongst staff and teammates, and foster creativity and community through inclusion and diversity.
Finding Community Support After Incarceration:
Monday, November 1, 5:30-6:30 pm CST
Join us for a virtual conversation with Alexis Ward (Assistant Director of This Wide Night) and her sister, Jakisha Ward, as they talk about their experience of Jakisha’s reentry after being incarcerated for ten years in Oklahoma.
Alexis Ward (Assistant Director and COVID Compliance Officer) is excited to be a part of Shattered Globe’s production of This Wide Night. As an accomplished actor, this is Alexis’ first production as an Assistant Director and CCO. Her acting credits include: Rabbit Summer (U/S) (Redtwist Theatre), Twelfth Night (Midsommer Flight), Bring the Beat Back (Otherworld Theatre) Hopelessly Devoted (u/s)(Piven Theatre Workshop), Richard III (Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park), The Revolutionists (Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park) TV/Film Credits Include: Go to the Body: Proof of Concept, Choose Me: An Abortion Story. Ms. Ward has a BFA in Acting from the University of Oklahoma where she directed her first production, Baltimore by Kirsten Greenidge.
Jakisha Ward, Alexis’ sister,is 40 years old, and spent a total of 10 years in prison from the time she was 20 to 30 years old in a total of 3 trips.
“I first started getting in trouble due to rebelling against my mother. I was the oldest child and now that I look back on it I guess you could say I wanted siblings closer to my age. So I found that in gangs.
While I was in prison I made the best of it by attending college. I completed all of my basics and only have four more classes to complete my associates degree in social psychology. I would love to be a mentor or counselor to young adolescents to try and deter them from prison, gangs and street-life.
I’ve been home from prison for 10 years on November 10th. My hobbies include writing. I eventually want to self publish an urban fiction book. Prison taught me the importance of life. It taught me no matter what you do in life, you always have to answer to someone, so choose the right path.”