Marin Shakespeare Company has been able to create a rich archive of videos of prison performances including Shakespeare Plays, Veterans Plays, and Autobiographical Story-telling. This page contains links to performance videos in chronological order, as well as videos about the program and our powerful documentary “What We Wish We Knew as Teenagers”. You can also visit our YouTube page to see playlists of performances sorted by institution.
Creative Writing from Inside – Click here to read a variety of poems, scenes, and letters written by actors who were incarcerated during the pandemic.
Success Stories – Learn about some of the accomplished participants in our Social Justice programs, many of whom are available to hire for speaking engagements and community forums.
Videos about the Programs – links below and accessible on YouTube
Some of our Favorite Links:
Dameion Brown’s 2020 TedX talk (12 minutes)
Shakespeare in Prison – Al Jazera USA’s 2.5 minute video that has received over 8 million views.
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).
TEDx San Quentin: Parallel plays from prison | Juan Carlos Meza and Nate Collins
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:
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, San Quentin State Prison, June 30, 2023
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Q&A, San Quentin State Prison, June 30, 2023
Veterans performance of “The Field” at San Quentin
The Field is an original work featuring the true stories of people who have served in the US military and are now incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison. Exploring the evolution from violent and lonely childhoods, to the traumas of combat, to the fractured thinking that led to criminal behavior, The Field shows how gentleness and connection between one another, and within ourselves, can shape a path toward healing.
“Playback Theatre” with Tony Cyprien , Jamal Duckworth, Suryaya Keating, Pamela Ann Keane, Zoe Gardner, Mitzi,
Joey Mason, and John Neblett
January 25, 2020
HIGH DESERT STATE PRISON, November, 2019
High Desert State Prison is a Level IV facility located in Susanville, CA. We drove through a blizzard so that these performances would go on.
PARALLEL PLAY – “Stories from San Quentin” October 23, 2019
Due to a staffing issue, only the first half of this performance was able to be filmed.
“Patriotism and Politics”, an original play by the men of Veterans Healing Veterans from the Inside Out
HENRY IV, PART ONE, California Health Care Facility, Stockton, June 10, 2018
JULIUS CAESAR, Folsom State Prison, May 29, 2018
Old Fart Face Prentice
Men of Magnitude
Afternoons in Sam’s Room
Flying the Kite
The First Call
Willie Malopo and His Pillow
An Event of Cultural Significance
A World Without Collisions
The Second Call
It’s Time Now to Wake Up
Call Me Master Harold
You’ve Done It Now
The Twist Ending
You Can’t Fly Kites on Rainy DaysPost-Show Q&A – Master Harold and the Boys
Performance at Solano – Performed November 10, 2017
P@S is a group formed by men from Shakespeare at Solano Level II to tell original stories through theatre; it is inspired by but not supervised by Marin Shakespeare Company.
CHANGES – The second production of autobiographical stories by the Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe, June 2, 2017.
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW – Performed by women at Folsom Women’s Facility, May 21, 2017.
KING JOHN – Performed at Solano State Prison, Level III, April 8, 2017
KING JOHN Rap video – Pharaoh Brooks performs an original rap number telling the story of the play
King John Rap text – by Pharaoh Brooks
KING JOHN Question and Answer
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.
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
Theatre of War
an original theatre piece created and performed by veterans who are incarcerated 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
Solano State Prison:
Shakespeare at San Quentin’s The Merry Wives of Windsor
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
Stories from San Quentin, 2012
Original Autobiographical Stories inspired by Hamlet – Video and Scripts.”
Dameion Brown, Artist in Residence – Various Talks by Dameion Brown:
Dameion Brown speaks about the value of Shakespeare for Social Justice in prison and the changes the program brought about at Solano Prison when he was incarcerated
Dameion Brown’s 2020 TedX talk (12 minutes)
Dameion’s Story (25 minutes)
Dameion’s Story (5 minutes)
Dameion speaks at the Commonwealth Club, July 15, 2019 (audio, 1 hour)
Dameion speaks at Juliana Carlucci’s home, February 9, 2020 (1 hour)