Solitary Man: A Visit to Pelican Bay State Prison – Rising

Solitary Man: A Visit to Pelican Bay State Prison


A Marsh Rising Presentation

Performed by Fred Johnson & Charlie Hinton
Directed by Mark Kenward
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 7:30 pm
60 minutes & Possible Post-Discussion | No Intermission | Ages 14+
Tickets: $15

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Show Description

In Solitary Man, Charlie travels to Crescent City to visit a lifer named Otis Washington (played by Fred), a 64 year old native of New York City, who’s been imprisoned since 1975 and at Pelican Bay since it opened in 1989. They get to know each other during their visit, and Otis explains some of what he has learned and experienced.

Artist Biography

Fred Johnson is a formerly incarcerated person who addresses the human rights of drug users and formerly incarcerated persons, as well as the wider community, guided by harm reduction principles. He has worked in policy analysis and syringe access programs throughout the US. He plays the trumpet, and has recorded a CD, History Speaking (A Tribute to my mentors).

Charlie Hinton attended the founding meeting of Bay Area Gay Liberation in 1975, and through BAGL began his ongoing prison work. Besides writing and visiting prisoners, Charlie works with Haiti Action Committee, the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition, and the Committee to Free DeWayne Ewing, and Innocent Man. Solitary Man is Charlie’s second theatrical endeavor, after his solo show Life Wish. He is the author of Life Wish: Essays, Letters, Songs, Solo Performance, Haiku written over time.

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