THIRTEEN to Broadcast Premiere of "Dramatic Escape" Documentary Follows Theatrical Production At Sing Sing Correctional Facility Tuesday, June 13, 9:30 PM

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"Dramatic Escape" follows a group of maximum security prisoners in Rehabilitation Through the Arts' theatrical program at Sing Sing, from auditions through curtain call. Along the way, the men reveal their personal stories and everyday struggles as they contemplate the possibilities of redemption.

THIRTEEN, New York’s local PBS station, will air the broadcast premiere of Dramatic Escape, a feature-length documentary, on Tuesday June 13 at 9:30 PM, with an additional airing on Thursday, June 15 at 3AM and on WLIW21 Sunday, June 25 at 10:30 PM and Friday, June 30 at 2:30 AM.

Dramatic Escape transports viewers into the lives of a group of maximum security prisoners who are attempting to mount a stage production of A Few Good Men as a part of the Rehabilitation Through the Arts program at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining. Through creative expression in theater, dance, voice, writing, and visual art, the RTA program reduces recidivism by giving the men the opportunity to learn social and cognitive skills that act as a springboard to education, family reconciliation, and ultimately, successful reintegration into community life. Dramatic Escape gives viewers an intimate look at this process as it traces the prisoners’ steps from auditions through their curtain call. Along the way, the men reveal their personal stories, their everyday struggles, and contemplate whether redemption is possible. 2015. 90 m. Nicholas Quested. Goldcrest Films. USA. English. NR. Trailer at: https://vimeo.com/139630064

RTA’s Sing Sing stage production of A Few Good Men was adapted from the legal drama about the court-martial of two U.S. Marines charged with the murder of a fellow Marine and the tribulations of their lawyers as they prepare a case to defend their clients. The 1992 film, directed by Rob Reiner and written by Aaron Sorkin, stars Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore.

About Rehabilitation Through The Arts: RTA uses the transformational power of the arts to develop social and cognitive skills that prisoners need for successful reintegration into the community, reducing recidivism to a rate significantly lower than the national average. The organization began at Sing Sing in 1996 with the production of an original play performed for the prison population. RTA now produces a major play at Sing Sing each year attended by over 250 guests; over the past 20 years, thousands of community members have been amazed by the humanity they discovered behind the walls. Today, RTA serves 200 incarcerated men and women (at any one time) in 5 New York State prisons, teaching in at least one facility every day of the week, year-round. More than 30 arts facilitators travel to remote prisons in three New York State counties to teach a wide variety of artistic media.

About WNET: WNET is America’s flagship PBS station and parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21. WNET also operates NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its broadcast channels, three cable services (THIRTEEN PBSKids, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances,American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings. WNET’s groundbreaking series for children and young adults include Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase, as well as Mission US, the award-winning interactive history game. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Theater Close-Up, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams and MetroFocus, the daily multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. In addition, WNET produces online-only programming including the award-winning series about gender identity, First Person, and an intergenerational look at tech and pop culture, The Chatterbox with Kevin and Grandma Lill. In 2015, THIRTEEN launched Passport, an online streaming service which allows members to see new and archival THIRTEEN and PBS programming anytime, anywhere:http://www.thirteen.org/passport.

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