Saturday, August 26, 2006

"Shakespeare in the Shoe"

From Ariana...

"Hi Everyone!

I just saw an amazing segment on MSNBC on a program
called "Shakespeare in the Shoe". It is program in
which inmates in a maximum security prison study
Macbeth. They study the play through the lens of
choices and their consequences. After reading and
discussing the play, they create their own version and
then perform their play for their fellow inmates. In
the segment, many of the participants were interviewed
and their reactions were astounding. One man, serving
60 years for murder mentioned that he wished he had
studied this play as a teenager because it might have
changed his path. What a powerful reminder of the
role literature and teachers play in creating a more
humane world. Carry on!"


At 11:28 AM, Blogger educat said...

This American Life did a segment about such a project a while back. The whole time we were together, I kept wondering if it was S&co's Shakespeare in the courts. It wasn't, it's a program in the St. Louis Area.

Programs like these really strenthen my resolve to do this work with my classes and to do it the way we did it.

I can't link directly to the episode of This American Life, but go here and search for episode 218.

Thanks, Amanda, good stuff!

At 11:41 AM, Blogger educat said...

Oops, thanks Ariana. And thank you, Amanda. In fact, thanks be to all of you!

At 2:12 AM, Blogger KydSyd said...

Reminded me of the Teaching Shakespeare Institute at the Folger. I've done Macbeths that looked much like the one shown on MSNBC. We all loved it!!!


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