The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0754  Friday, 30 March 2001

From:           Poor Yorick <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 29 Mar 2001 21:35:39 -0500
Subject:        Shakespeare behind bars

Yahoo chat is providing the following topic on Friday, March 30 at 3 pm
ET.  I believe Yahoo keeps transcripts of all its chats, in case this
post doesn't make it to the group before that time.

  Shakespeare Behind Bars

For Jean Trounstine, all the world's a stage... even prison. In her new
book, Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Power of Drama in a Women's Prison,
Trounstine writes about her ten years as a teacher at Framingham Women's
Prison, the most secure women's facility in Massachussetts. Focusing on
one group of prisoners and a production of The Merchant of Venice,
Trounstine tells the stories of women she describes as "Desdemonas
suffering because of jealous men, Lady Macbeths craving the power of
their spouses, Portias disguised as men in order to get ahead, and
Shylocks, who, being betrayed, take the law into their own hands." She
chronicles the work that led to the founding of a program to promote
alternatives to incarceration, the women's branch of "Changing Lives
Through Literature," and to the confirmation of her philosophy -- that
"art has the power to change lives." Join Court TV to talk to
Trounstine, Friday, March 30th at 3pET/NoonPT.

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