Wi. Inmates Do “King Lear” In Empowerment Project


Inmates at Wisconsin’s Racine Correctional Institution performed “King Lear” this week, part of a nine-month Shakespeare Project that the New York Times reports was “a rare opportunity to provide post-secondary education in a budget-crunched system that emphasizes remedial reading.”

The director, Jonathan Shailor, a professor of communication at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, called it an experiment in the theater of empowerment. For the 17 actor-inmates – doing time for drunken driving, sexual offenses, drug sales, kidnapping, battery, burglary, and homicide – it was an escape from prison’s mundane life. They are the Muddy Flower Theater Troupe, for the idea that beautiful things can grow from depressed areas.

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/29/national/29lear.html?

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