A Picture Screen Stands in Solitude

On February 18th, the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities presented Paul Dresher’s “A Picture Screen Stands in Solitude.” This musical composition is based on an essay written by a prisoner at the San Quentin Prison. The event included a performance of the piece, a conversation between Paul Dresher and Nigel Poor (the prison teaching artist), a second performance of the piece, and a talkback.

I was honored to be the Production Assistant on this very special event. We had a very quick two day load-in, tech, and performance – I was sorry to see this project go. It was an absolute pleasure to work on and as an artist with a focus in community engagement, this project really touched me. I’ve included a video of the performance at a different location for reference.

A Picture Screen Stands in Solitude – Paul Dresher. Text by Michael Nelson, with special thanks to Nigel Poor. Video property of Paul Dresher.

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