20 Feb 2016

Orange is the New Black Author to speak during Empire event

Toowoomba audiences will have unique access to one of the Sydney Opera House’s flagship festivals, All About Women, when the event streams live to the Empire Theatre on March 6.

Beginning with the panel What needs to change?, a remarkable group of prominent women discuss what they would do if they had the power to make things change overnight.

Featuring Russian and American journalist Masha Gessen, climate and energy campaigner Crystal Lameman, American writer and editor Mallory Ortberg, Australian businesswoman Ann Sherry and New America Foundation President and CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter, this panel will discuss the seemingly immovable obstacles for real gender equality.

Following this panel is Orange is the New Black, a talk with the real life Piper Kerman on what she learnt about women during her incarceration and the lessons she carries with her now as an advocate for the rights of prisoners.

Currently serving on the board of the Women’s Prison Association after her sentence served for felony money-laundering charges, Piper Kerman’s experiences in prison provided the basis for the Emmy Award- winning comedy drama series Orange Is the New Black.

From her first strip search to her final release, Piper reveals the lessons she learnt ‘doing time’ and how the generosity and acceptance of the women she met inside inspired her to become an advocate for the rights of female prisoners.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Box Office on 1300 655 299 or visit www.empiretheatre.com.au