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Shakespeare in Prison
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0155  Wednesday, 24 January 2001

[1]     From:   Curt L. Tofteland <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Jan 2001 10:38:54 EST
        Subj:   Shakespeare in the Prisons

[2]     From:   Monica Chesnoiu <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Jan 2001 14:07:02 -0600
        Subj:   RE: SHK 12.0152 Hamlet in the Prison

[3]     From:   Douglas McQueen-Thomson <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 24 Jan 2001 11:26:43 +1100
        Subj:   Shakespeare in Prison


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From:           Curt L. Tofteland <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Jan 2001 10:38:54 EST
Subject:        Shakespeare in the Prisons

Greetings,

I noted with interest the posting regarding the performance of Hamlet in
a prison.

Those of you who are interested in such activities might like to know
about my program at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Louisville,
Kentucky ... Shakespeare behind bars . . .  I work two days a week
through the year at the Luther Luckett correctional complex (a medium
security adult male prison) in Lagrange, Kentucky

I started the program four years ago and to date we have produced: The
Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night, Othello and are currently
working on Titus Andronicus that plays in may for those interested in
information or those who do similar work, please respond offline.

Regards,
Curt L. Tofteland
Producing Director
Kentucky Shakespeare festival

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From:           Monica Chesnoiu <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Jan 2001 14:07:02 -0600
Subject: 12.0152 Hamlet in the Prison
Comment:        RE: SHK 12.0152 Hamlet in the Prison

Maybe Lucia Setari might like to know that there was an interesting
performance of HAMLET in a court martial prison in Romania during the
war (1942). I am currently working on Romanian productions of HAMLET for
the Valencia conference and I discuss this interesting production from
the perspective of the subversive undercurrent of revenge. It was a
definitely anti-Nazi production. The inmates directed and performed the
play, but there are no official records, only some sketches made by one
of them. In spite of the poor quality of the pictures, they are
available in electronic format, if anyone is interested. This is part of
my paper and people in the seminar on "Revenge as a Mediterranean
Phenomenon Before and After Hamlet" will certainly view them. I'll be
glad to share the pictures with members of this listserv, if interested.

Monica Matei-Chesnoiu
Romania

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From:           Douglas McQueen-Thomson <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Jan 2001 11:26:43 +1100
Subject:        Shakespeare in Prison

After hearing of the prisoners' Hamlet in Trieste, Lucia A. Setari might
be interested to compare that production to a performance of Macbeth to
prisoners by the Bell Shakespeare Company in Mulawa Maximum Security
Prison for Women, Australia, in April 1997.

One commentator describes how this production took advantage of 'the
therapeutic value of drama for substance abusers'. I'm sure that the
porter would have provided an instructive example of alcoholic excess.
Johnson must have been wrong to suggest that Shakespeare lacks moral
purpose!

For more information, see Philippa Kelly, 'Shakespeare in Prison',
_Meanjin_ 58:4 (1999), pp. 122-130.

Cheers,
Douglas McQueen-Thomson
 

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