Theater for the New City
Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director

Island Girls
“in the prison on the island in the harbor”

Island Girls
written by Barbara Kahn and Noelle LuSane
music by Noelle LuSane
directed by Robert Gonzales Jr. and Barbara Kahn
Musical direction and choreography by Robert Gonzales Jr.
Set and Lighting Design by Mark Marcante
Costume Design by Carla Gant
Featuring Gregory Dann, Pamela Stewart Ehn, Noelle LuSane, Cristina Pitter, Anna Podolak, Adrienne Powell, Emily Radosevich, Elia Rangel and Steph Van Vlack.


Women in 1927 were incarcerated in the Women’s Penitentiary on Welfare Island--a workhouse and prison. A short ferry ride from the hustle and bustle of mid-town Manhattan, on what is now Roosevelt Island, the prison became a revolving door for many women from varying ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds who found themselves on the wrong side of the law. A newly-graduated social worker comes face to face with her own biases grounded in her white, upper class background while she gets to know the prisoners. Carefully researched, Island Girls brings to life examples of the unknown or forgotten stories of thousands of women of New York City nearly a century ago.