Social Justice / Prison Programs (29)

Behind Prison Walls: Shakespeare Comes to Folsom Prison

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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

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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…

Dominican Students Reflect on Visiting San Quentin

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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

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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,…

Justin Scheer for the Marin Academy Voice

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Humans Behind Bars Justin Scheer, Staff Writer A stain on the otherwise squeaky clean map of Marin County, a massive complex that occupies some of the most valuable real estate in California, a century-and-a-half-old structure that one observes only briefly through the windows of the Golden Gate Ferry, a giant length of weather-worn cement surrounding a…

Inmates perform HENRY IV, PART 1 at Duele Vocational Institution in Tracy

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Prisoners learn lessons from Shakespeare By Denise Ellen Rizzo | 0 comments The 400-year-old words of William Shakespeare came to life at Deuel Vocational Institution on Sunday when a small group of inmates performed “Henry IV, Part One.” The performance — a first for the prison near Tracy — was part of the state’s Arts in…

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…

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…