Don’t Miss the Insurgent Theatre Events in Chicago Next Week!

The NATO 5 Defense Committee is excited to endorse and help promote these awesome events put on by Insurgent Theatre in Chicago next week! We hope to see you all there!


Insurgent Theatre presents “Shadow of Lucasville” & “Know Your Enemy”:
Tues, 11/26 & Wedns, 11/27, 7pm

Tuesday, Nov, 26, 7pm
“Shadow of Lucasville” documentary about the 1993 Lucasville Prison uprising

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 7pm
“Know Your Enemy” play about police, followed by an interactive workshop by Theatre of the Oppressed Chicago

Both events at The Ribcage; call or text 614.704.4699 for address. (Unfortunately, as the elevator in the building is broken, this space is not accessible to everyone. We apologize for this inaccessibility.)

Price: $5-20 suggested donation, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Radical DIY theatre group Insurgent Theatre is touring the country with a play about police and a documentary film about a prison uprising. The play, “Know Your Enemy,” juxtaposes dramatic unraveling of a troubled officer with a radical interactive lecture about prisons, history, and resistance. The film, “Shadow of Lucasville,” revisits the 1993 prison uprising at a maximum security prison in the Southern Ohio town of Lucasville. The film will be followed by conversation with death-sentenced survivors of the uprising, who will be calling in from the Ohio State Penitentiary, Ohio’s supermax prison.

Part of the money raised by this tour will go to support RedBird Prison Abolition, RedBird Books to Prisoners and The Lucasville Amnesty Campaign.

Also check out the events on Facebook!


A Theatrical Examination of Police and Prison in America. Written by Ben Turk, Directed by Kate Pleuss, Performed by Ben Turk – 90 minutes.

What does it mean to be a compassionate, dedicated, humane police officer in the country with the world’s highest incarceration rate and a continuing tradition of racial injustice? “Know Your Enemy” examines the role of police using stripped down interactive theatre, a critical understanding of history, and the power of silent refusal. Know your history. Know your rights. Know your enemy.


Follow-up to the award winning documentary film, “The Great Incarcerator, part 1: Dark Little Secret.” Directed by D Jones – 75 minutes.

“The Shadow of Lucasville” revisits the 1993 uprising at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, one of the longest in U.S. history, while exploring the fight for human rights and media exposure through inmate
uprisings in response to mass incarceration and dehumanization supported by the prison industrial complex. After the film, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Jason Robb, and Keith Lamar—prisoners who were unjustly sentenced to death following the uprising and have spent the last 20 years in solitary confinement appealing their convictions and resisting supermax confinement—will be calling to answer questions from the audience.


Insurgent Theatre strives to connect performing arts with radical struggles, to make theatre that is relevant, engaging, challenging, and useful for those who confront the US police state and global capitalist
empire. We’ve been making original theatre since 2003 and also frequently touring the country since 2008 with pointedly political original works like “Ulysses’ Crewmen” and “In the Belly.”


Can’t wait to learn more about Lucasville and Insurgent Theatre? Check out these episodes of “The Final Straw” anarchist radio:

Siddique Abdullah Hasan on the Lucasville Uprising:

Just the audio file:

Ben Turk on Insurgent Theatre and “Know Your Enemy”:

Just the audio file: