Together with Prison Performing Arts, Concordance Academy is proudly hosting two private performances of Run-On Sentence, written by playwright, Stacie LentsThe moving comedic drama is about the effect of incarceration on women and their families inside and outside of prison and is performed by those very women currently impacted. Although this play is fictional, their stories, experiences, and points of view inspired the piece. 

Commissioned by Prison Performing Arts, the play tells the story of cellmates whose lives are turned upside down by the arrival of a new inmate. Both moving and funny, the play asks: should people be defined by our worst mistake?

Pictured above are the women who contributed to the development of Run-On Sentence written by Stacie Lents, about women in prison, pictured with Ms. Lents, Playwright, (center); Lisa Boyd, Documentary filmmaker (w/ camera); and PPA’s, Christopher Limber.

Above is an excerpt from a documentary film being made of Prison Perfoming Arts New Plays Initiative by documentary film maker Lisa Boyd of MountainTop Film, Holloywood CA – It is a brief glimpse into the work on Run-On Sentence.


Prison Performing Arts is a 27-year-old, multi-discipline, literacy and performing arts program that serves incarcerated adults and children at St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center, Hogan Street Regional Youth Center, Quest Day Treatment, St. Louis City Justice Center; Family Court’s Detention Alternatives Program, Northeastern Correctional Center (NECC) in Bowling Green, Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WERDCC) in Vandalia, MO and Missouri Eastern Correctional Center (MECC) in Pacific, MO.


St. Louis native, Stacie Lents, is a professional playwright and actor. Her plays Fire Exit, Henry’s Law, a play about bullying, and Laugh Out Loud (cry quietly) are published by Playscripts, Inc. She wrote the book and lyrics for Daisy in Disguise, which ran off-Broadway through Vital Theatre Company with an original cast recording released during the run. Her work has also been produced and developed at theaters such as Playwrights Theater of New Jersey, Luna Stage, StrangeDog Theatre Company, Rutgers University, and Horse Trade Theater Group.

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The Vision of Prison Performing Arts

Prison Performing Arts involves incarcerated youth and adults in the performing arts to inspire intellectual curiosity and personal development. We nurture the discipline, teamwork and communication skills necessary for successful re-entry into society. We encourage members of the larger community to connect personally with program participants, and we offer continuing programs for participants who have been released.

Robin HaugenPrison Performing Arts