The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0239 Tuesday, 28 March 2006
Date: Tuesday, 28 Mar 2006 12:10:39 -0500
Subject: 17.0222 Shakespeare Behind Bars Documentary
Comment: Re: SHK 17.0222 Shakespeare Behind Bars Documentary
Such a program was available, at least until last year, in Wabash Valley
Correctional Institution in Indiana. The "Shakespeare in the Shoe"
program was highlighted in an MSNBC Investigates report on the prison
that aired last year and repeats regularly. Dr. Laura Bates of Indiana
State University founded a program whose purpose is to have a segregated
population there "come to terms with their crimes" by reading,
discussing, and rewriting Shakespeare. At the time of the documentary,
the prisoners were working on Macbeth, which one inmate describes as
exhibiting "parallels that correlate with urban life." These segregated
prisoners rewrite the play, and then observe and comment as another
group of prisoners enact the revisioned text. It seemed an intriguing
"Lockup: Inside Wabash"
Narrator: John Seigenthaler
03 December 2005
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