We’re listening to an episode of This American Life from 9 August 2002:
“Over the course of six months, reporter and TAL contributor Jack Hitt followed a group of inmates at a high-security prison as they rehearsed and staged a production of the last act—Act V—of Hamlet. [...] Shakespeare may seem like an odd match for a group of hardened criminals, but Jack found that they understand the Bard on a level that most of us might not. It’s a play about murder and its consequences, performed by murderers, living out the consequences.”
Our many miles to New Orleans are captivated and held by the honesty, pain and insights of prisoners experiencing new kind of freedom on the inside.
Dispatched from I55, East Missouri.