Tuesday, March 31, 2015


The new Shakespeare Prison Project website includes the complete history of the project, media coverage, professional reviews of the work, research publications, and the latest news about project development.  Check it out!  http://www.shakespeareprisonproject.com

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Shakespeare Prison Project 2014-2015: HAMLET


The Ghost of Hamlet's father.  From Hamlet on Alcatraz (2010). Photograph by Brad Coy

Beginning work on September 2:  HAMLET and HAMLET'S MIRROR (Personal Reflections).  
8 months training/studying/rehearsing/performing the play - then 4 months developing autobiographical performances inspired by Shakespeare's HAMLET. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Playing With Shakespeare Helps Us Grow - At Any Age

My friend and colleague Lois Holzman explains how central play is to our growth as human beings - not only when we are children, but throughout our lifetimes.  This understanding is central to our work in The Shakespeare Prison Project, where playing helps us to develop positive identities and relationships characterized by a shared commitment to excellence, hard work, creativity, expressiveness, confidence in our abilities, responsibility to others, teamwork, problem-solving, and empathy...

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Shakespeare's Mirror: January 9 - May 30, 2014


Shakespeare's Mirror: Scenes and Soliloquies

The members of The Muddy Flower Theatre Troupe at Racine Correctional Institution are currently developing soliloquies and scenes from Hamlet, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, Henry V, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and Othello.  Performances are scheduled for April 24 and 25.

...to hold, as 'twere, the
mirror up to nature; to show virtue her own feature,
scorn her own image, and the very age and body of
the time his form and pressure...  Hamlet, 3.2

Shakespeare's Mirror:  Scenes from Our Lives

The Muddy Flowers are also reflecting on the ways that these scenes and soliloquies resonate with their own lives.  They will share their reflections and realizations in performances on May 29 and 30.

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together:
our virtues would be proud if our faults whipped them not;
and our crimes would despair if they were not cherished by our virtues. 

All's Well That Ends Well, 4.3.84