Marin Shakespeare Company
The scent of hibiscus and twang of ukuleles will permeate Shakespeare's story of "lunatics, lovers and poets."
Against a backdrop of shifting fortunes, politics and family dynamics, Shakespeare reveals human complexity and fallibility in this compression of history.
Hamlet will be played by Luke Padgett who is serving a life sentence for robbery, arson and murder.
Drugs! B&E! Murder! Ahhh... wow, okay. This really is slightly different then filming at Opera San Jose, Berkeley Rep, or at A.C.T. We go inside the remarkable Shakespeare program at San Quentin.
The Critics Circle gives awards for excellence in three categories: Theatres with 99 seats or less; 100-300 seats; and Over 300 seats. Awards Ceremony & Gala Reception to be held April 2, 2012 at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco.
Here we were, just mingling as we always do when we interview performers -- be it at SF Playhouse in San Francisco, Aurora in Berkeley or SJ Rep in San Jose. The only difference was the prison-sanctioned uniforms, and the fact that these guys were paying their debts to society.
"Shakespeare actors are role models within the San Quentin community, demonstrating that even behind bars men can continue to set goals, learn new skills, and become better human beings."
Politics, power and pandemonium take the stage.
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