History: Penitentiary For NYC Women Here

Written by Contributor. Posted in Volume 34, Issue 8 - January 11, 2014

Welfare Island’s prison for women is the setting for Island Girls, a play being presented by Theater for the New City (see ComingUp, page 5).

The play, set in 1927, is running now, but a performance to benefit the Roosevelt Island Historical Society will take place Sunday, January 19.  Tickets are available from RIHS by phoning 212-688-4836 or by checking in at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The plot of the play makes a newly-minted social worker confront her biases amid women of varying ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds, all of whom have found themselves on the wrong side of the law.

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