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Why there’s much ado about inmates doing Shakespeare behind bars.

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https://www.upworthy.com/why-theres-much-ado-about-inmates-doing-shakespeare-behind-bars October 14, 2016 Why there’s much ado about inmates doing Shakespeare behind bars. Lights! Camera! Second chances! by Erin Canty Share this story Tweet this story The stage is set. The actors put the final touches on their costumes and wait nervously in the wings. The audience is ushered in by an armed guard…

Love, Life, Laughter

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An Interview with Love’s Labour’s Lost Director Rob Clare By Laura Millar Q: Why this play, and why now? A: I’ve actually wanted to do this play for a long time. It’s not one you often seen done, but I’m really not sure why. It’s a play of joy, laughter, and life affirmation.   Q:…

Elena Wright – Beloved Theatre Artist

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An interview with Trevor Hoffmann Elena Wright is a veteran of Marin Shakespeare, and a professional theater artist working in the Bay Area and beyond. Her background in stage combat and her versatility as an actor have been a huge part of the current MSC Summer Season, where she has played lead roles in both…

Meet D’Artagnan – Jonah Robinson

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A Student of Everything An Interview with Jonah Robinson by Trevor Hoffmann Jonah Robinson is playing D’Artagnan, the lead character in Marin Shakespeare’s production of The Three Musketeers. He sat down with me to talk about where he comes from and where he’s going as a performer and as a person, and to tell us…

Dominican University Professor Perry Guevara on Visiting Shakespeare at San Quentin

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Spring ’17 SL Course Spotlight: Shakespeare and Social Justice Goes to San Quentin Students recreating “sculptures” from the exercise at San Quentin. For the first time, Dominican is partnering with the Marin Shakespeare Company in their mission to bring the life-affirming practices of theater to prison. By Perry Guevera, Assistant Professor of English In 1989, a small yet…

A new Law featured at Marin Shakespeare Company

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North Bay actress Brittany Law is featured as Margaret in Marin Shakespeare Company’s critically acclaimed production of “Much Ado About Nothing.” Director Robert Currier set the comedy in Pikeville, Kentucky during the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys. The production features original bluegrass and jug band music by award-winning composer, Billie Cox. Brittany also performs…

Fight Choreographer Richard Pallaziol Interviewed

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An interview with Kim Taylor Dancer Gene Kelly inspired career of fight choreographer Richard Pallaziol Richard Pallaziol, a Napa resident since 1990, has been a professional stage fight choreographer for the past 37 years and has designed and taught the fights for nearly 300 stage productions throughout California. Both during and after studying theater at…

Marin Shakespeare Company Social Justice Programs

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By Catherine Rucker for the Marin County Bar Association In the summer of 2016 while serving as a volunteer attorney in the Marin Public Defender’s office, I learned that the Marin Shakespeare Company production of Othello would feature Dameion Brown in the lead. Mr. Brown had been incarcerated at Solano Prison, and he was the…

Gender in Much Ado – by Dramaturg Cathleen Sheehan

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Much Ado About Nothing                                                          Much Ado About Nothing written about 1599, is one of Shakespeare’s joyful, Elizabethan comedies. As with Shakespeare’s most light-hearted comedies—even one whose title seems to suggest that it is about nothing important at all—the plays often embrace poignant ideas about individuals and the community in which they live. For…

Learning Shakespeare while incarcerated at Folsom Women’s Prison

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ABC News channel 10’s report by Ananda Rochita on the dress rehearsal for THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at Folsom Women’s Prison:  http://www.abc10.com/news/local/folsom-orangevale/learning-shakespeare-while-incarcerated-at-folsom-womens-prison/440280476 Folsom Women’s Prison is the first women’s prison in California that will perform Shakespeare on stage. They’ll be performing, “The Taming of the Shrew.” Tamsyn Jones is the lead and an inmate. “It’s…