SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS by Oona Hatton, directed by Lucas Hatton
Performed by students from the Communication Studies department at San José State University
SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS was adapted from the work of solitary survivor Jack L. Morris, who was held in the SHU at Pelican Bay State Penitentiary for thirty years. SEE YOU...'s ensemble cast uses monologues, songs, movement, and projections to chronicle Morris’ friendship with artist Sheila Pinkel. Through his letters to Sheila, Jack narrates his daily activities, legal disputes, and fantasy life while spending 22.5 hours a day in an 8x10 foot room. The play dramatizes Morris’ dogged efforts to create and sustain a positive identity—as a son, brother, friend, lover, artist, philosopher, and Latino—in spite of his surroundings. In exploring the intense and ubiquitous violence experienced and enacted by the incarcerated, See You...critiques not only the torturous practice of solitary confinement, but our ideas about what constitutes a criminal and what serves as justice.