Lesley Currier

The Story of Pericles

Published in Mainstage Plays

Gower, a mythical story-teller, has taken on a human form to tell us this holy tale. Prince Pericles has recently lost his father and is in search of a wife. He travels to the kingdom of powerful King Antiochus, who has a beautiful daughter.  But no one may wed her until he has solved a…

Behind Prison Walls: Shakespeare Comes to Folsom Prison

Published in Social Justice / Prison Programs

From the Folsom Telegraph, June 6, 2018   Behind Prison Walls: Shakespeare comes to Folsom Prison By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter Twenty-one inmates participated in the first Shakespeare program at Folsom State Prison on May 29, exploring themes of honor, betrayal, loyalty and power in “Julius Caesar.” Brought to the prison by the Marin Shakespeare…

Dear Mr. President

Published in Social Justice / Prison Programs

This is a music video by former Shakespeare at San Quentin actor Jesse James (a.k.a. “J. James tha Thrilla”).  Jesse wrote this piece while he was in our program.  He was released in 2018, and created this fantastic video. Dear Mr. President…

Pericles: Shakespeare’s First Romance

Published in From Dramaturg Cathleen Sheehan, Mainstage Plays

By Cathleen Sheehan “They all have the same story–those last plays. A father throws away his daughter. And nothing will ever be right until he gets her back. They’re full of impossible coincidences. Miraculous statues. Pirates. Shipwrecks. Bears. Resurrections.” -Judith Shakespeare, “Equivocation” by Bill Cain In his play “Equivocation,” Bill Cain gives Shakespeare’s daughter a…

The Mystery of Anne Hathaway

Published in Blog, From Dramaturg Cathleen Sheehan, Mainstage Plays

By Dramaturg Cathleen Sheehan If we know little about William Shakespeare’s personal life, we know less about Anne Hathaway, the woman he married. There are only a handful of facts: she was born in Shottery in 1556; she married William Shakespeare who was eight years her junior in 1583; she was pregnant when she married…

Dominican Students Reflect on Visiting San Quentin

Published in Social Justice / Prison Programs

Dominican Students Reflect on Visiting San Quentin Ten students from Dominican University spent three hours in a Shakespeare workshop with inmates at San Quentin State Prison. These are their reflections: San Quentin Letter by Deema Shihadih A Change of Heart… by Lorena Paredes The San Quentin Experience by Nicole Collopy San Quentin’s Message: Love by…

Redemption is not just for me

Published in Social Justice / Prison Programs

By Emile DeWeaver San Francisco Chronicle, January 31, 2018 Gov. Jerry Brown commuted my sentence in December from 67 years to life to 20 years to life — a rare act of mercy. I had imagined the effects of a commutation on my life; the commutation’s effect on incarcerated people at San Quentin State Prison,…

Shakespearean ambition

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Shakespearean ambition: Marin Shakes renovates 2 theaters at once By Lily Janiak December 22, 2017 Updated: December 23, 2017 7:58pm   Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle Lesley Currier (left) and her husband, Robert Currier, are surrounded by Marin Shakespeare Company costumes in a storage area at their new, year-round downtown theater space in San…