Videos and Scripts – Shakespeare for Social Justice

Videos and Scripts of performances and interviews from San Quentin State Prison, Solano State Prison, and the Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe.

Videos about the Programs:

Prison Bridges – a 12 minute video about Shakespeare at San Quentin and the healing power of arts in corrections, by David White (2012)

Shakespeare in Blue – a 36-minute documentary film by David White (2012)

What We Wish We Knew As Teenagers – interviews with Shakespeare at San Quentin actors about what it was like to be a teenager, what they would say to teenagers today, and what they wish they’d known when they were teenagers (2014)

KQED Newsroom: A 2016 special report that includes “Big Azz” talking about his experience playing a butterfly and Julius Caesar (start at minute 11).

For more stories and news coverage about these programs, visit our blog.  Scroll down the right side of the page to CATEGORIES and choose Social Justice/Prison Programs.

Videos of Individual Plays, with Question and Answer Sessions:

2017

KING JOHN – Performed by Level III inmates at Solano State Prison, April 8, 2017
KING JOHN Rap – Pharaoh Brooks performs an original rap number telling the story of the play
KING JOHN Question and Answer

2016

FREEDOM ISN’T FREE – An original play created in collaboration with members of Veterans Healing Veterans from the Inside Out, December 29, 2016

PARALLEL PLAY 2016: Autobiographical Stories from San Quentin, October 21, 2016
Parallel Play 2016 post-show Question & Answer Session

NOBODY TOLD US WE WERE DIAMONDS: THE STORY OF HOW I FOUND ME
The inaugural production of autobiographical stories by the Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe, May 20, 2016.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Solano Prison, March 19, 2016.  Level II.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Part One
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Part Two

THE TEMPEST at Solano Prison, May 14, 2016.  Level III.

AS YOU LIKE IT at San Quentin, May 20, 2016. 
AS YOU LIKE IT post-show Q&A

THE TEMPEST at San Quentin, May 27, 2016.

2015

San Quentin:
Stories from San Quentin 2015 – Parallel Play: autobiographical stories written and performed by Shakespeare at San Quentin actors
Stories from San Quentin 2015 Q&A
“Life Stories” – Song
Stand Up – Comedy

Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar Q&A

Macbeth
Macbeth Q&A

Theatre of War
an original theatre piece created and performed by incarcerated veterans from Veterans Healing Veterans from the Inside Out, under the direction of Lesley Currier.
Theatre of War – Q& A
Theatre of War – Sole Survivor Song
Theatre of War – Now I Can Rise Song

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Solano State Prison:

Macbeth at Solano State Prison, May 2015. Level II inmates.

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2014
Shakespeare at San Quentin’s The Merry Wives of Windsor

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2013
Shakespeare at San Quentin’s The Merchant of Venice

Stories from San Quentin 2013
Original autobiographical stories inspired by The Merchant of Venice

Stories from San Quentin 2013 Individual Videos and Scripts

Merchant of Venice 2013, San Quentin

 

 

 

 

 

2012
Shakespeare at San Quentin’s Hamlet
Intro to Hamlet
Post-show Q & A Hamlet

Stories from San Quentin, 2012
Original Autobiographical Stories inspired by Hamlet – Video and Scripts.”

Shakespeare at San Quentin - Hamlet


2011

Shakespeare at San Quentin’s Twelfth Night
Intro to Twelfth Night
Post-Show Q&A Twelfth Night

Shakespeare at San Quentin - 12fth Night

 

 

 

 

 

2010
Shakespeare at San Quentin’s Romeo and Juliet
Intro Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare at San Quentin

 

 

 

 

 

2009
Shakespeare at San Quentin’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Intro to Midsummer Night’s Dream
Post-Show Q&A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare at San Quentin - Midsummer Night's Dream

 

 

 

 

 

2008
Shakespeare at San Quentin’s Much Ado About Nothing
Intro to Much Ado About Nothing
Post-Show Q&A Much Ado About Nothing

 

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