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Shakespeare Behind Bars

Sun 12:00 PM

A Shakespeare company is formed behind bars at Kentucky&

s Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. Marking their seventh year as an acting ensemble, the inmates cast themselves according to their lives and in relation to the crimes for which they are serving a prison sentence.

For one year, this cast, comprised of convicted felons, rehearses and performs The Tempest. Just as in Shakespeare&

s day, men play all the female roles. Twice a week, the inmates work with a volunteer director who pushes them to find their own truth within each part. They swear that the roles &

pick them&

, and this proves to be uncanny, as many of the men experience powerful epiphanies while exploring their characters.


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