Social Justice / Prison Programs (16)

An Interview with Dameion Brown, by Nate Currier

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On September 2, 2016, a recent ex-convict who served 23 years behind bars opened playing the role of Othello for a professional theater company. For over a quarter century, my parents Bob and Lesley Currier have run the Marin Shakespeare Company in Northern California. For thirteen years, Lesley has led Shakespeare and devised work with…

Meet Dameion Brown

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Paul Libertore writes about Dameion Brown playing Othello – “Spotlight on Dark Past”  Read the Marin I.J. article here.…

‘Make not your thoughts your prisons:’ Inmates find freedom in Shakespeare

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By Jason Kravarik, CNN Tue May 31, 2016 http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/05/30/shakespeare-prison-california-orig.cnn Vacaville, California (CNN)  Nineteen years ago, Joseph Jackson was a drug dealer unloading his gun into two people he thought had infringed on his turf. Today, the convicted killer sings and dances on stage in a white velvet coat. His fellow actors have similar stories: Christian…

The state is reviving an arts program for inmates. Can it help?

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Published in The Orange County Register, August 17, 2015. By Tom Berg, Staff Writer   Troy Williams is talking on the phone about the first time he performed Shakespeare – as an inmate at San Quentin State Prison – when he interrupts himself. “I see it right now,” he says as he drives to work,…