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Shakespeare Behind Bars

October 20, 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM   |   Location: Weston Center Studio Theatre

Shakespeare Behind Bars

A documentary film by Philomath Films, moderated by Curt L. Tofteland

Both a documentary film and an ongoing initiative, Shakespeare Behind Bars will challenge the way you think about the arts and incarceration. The film is winner of 11 festival awards and a Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury nomination. It follows a year in the life of the renowned Shakespeare Behind Bars troupe at Luther Luckett Correctional Facility in Louisville, Kentucky. Led by director Curt Tofteland, whose innovative work with Luther Luckett inmates began in the mid-1990s, the prisoners cast themselves in roles reflecting their personal history and fate. Their individual stories, including information about their heinous crimes, are brilliantly interwoven with the plot of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. As the inmates delve deeply into the characters they portray, they are forced to confront their personal demons.

A panel discussion about the film, and the role of the arts within the criminal justice system will follow, with Mr. Tofteland and other regional professionals. 

Funded by the Jessie S. and Jack Harold Upton Brown Cultural Enrichment Endowment


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