The first of three performances of The Changing Minds Campaign play “A Day at Stateville” was presented on March 24th at the Clockwise Theatre in downtown Waukegan, a thriving city of over 100,000 people about 50 miles north of Chicago. This was the first time that the Changing Minds Campaign has presented the play outside the immediate Chicago area. The event was attended by an audience that included the Superintendent of the Lake County Jail.

The reading was sponsored by the Clockwise community theatrical group and FIST,  (Former Inmates Striving Together), an ex-prisoner organization that provides services to persons returning from prison in the Waukegan area. The play was written and performed by long-term Stateville Penitentiary prisoners and former prisoners.

Requests for (free) tickets were so great that two additional performances have been scheduled at the Theatre: Sunday, April 3rd at 3pm and Saturday, April 9th at 7pm.

Members of FIST will perform the third reading, and later will develop their own production, thus forming a loose coalition with the Changing Minds Campaign based in Chicago. Attendees of the first performance, many from groups in nearby towns, expressed interest in developing their own productions of the play, thus joining the Campaign.