San Quentin Inmates To Perform 'Romeo & Juliet'

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    <!--startindex-->MARIN CO., Calif. -- Some might assume that there are few opportunities to dance, laugh or speak in iambic pentameter at San Quentin State Prison.But on Monday evening, 10 inmates will prove them wrong by performing "Romeo and Juliet" in the prison's Presbyterian Chapel, which will be the culmination of seventh months preparation in their Shakespeare class led by members of the Marin Shakespeare Company.Monday's 5:30 p.m. performance, directed by the company's Suraya Keating, will be the third full show in the class's seven-year history, a company director said. Acting is "completely foreign" to some of the men who come into the program, managing director Lesley Currier said, adding that the challenge is often daunting for the students.Preparation for the performance began in September, when the actors read through three different Shakespearian plays and ultimately selected this year's work, she said.Safety precautions at the prison mean that outsiders, including the actresses playing the parts of the Nurse, Lady Capulet and Juliet, aren't allowed to make physical contact with inmates.So how does one perform "Romeo and Juliet" when actors playing the star-crossed lovers aren't allowed to press palms, let alone kiss? With creative acting, of course.
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