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Shakespeare Behind Bars Documentary
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0239  Tuesday, 28 March 2006

From: 		Ellen Joy Letostak <
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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 
approach.

MSNBC Investigates

"Lockup: Inside Wabash"
Narrator: John Seigenthaler
03 December 2005

Best,
Ellen

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