Frazier History Museum

Shakespeare’s Life Behind Bars
Wednesday, November 30, 6-9 p.m.
at the Frazier History Museum

The Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in Lagrange, KY, is home to the oldest prison-based Shakespeare program in the United States: Shakespeare Behind Bars (SBB). The organization is founded on the belief that all human beings are born inherently good, and that immersion in a circle of trust exploring the works of Shakespeare can call forth that goodness, transforming inmate offenders – no matter how heinous their crimes – from who they were when they committed their crimes, to who they are . . . and who they wish to become. 

LAGRANGE, KENTUCKY, USA - 13MAY01 - The Shakespeare Behind Bars company gather around director Curt Tofteland before going on stage for their first performance. The emphasis of the company is on the process from beginning to end. PHOTO: Andy Nelson/ The Christian Science Monitor.

LAGRANGE, KENTUCKY, USA - 13MAY01 - The Shakespeare Behind Bars company gather around director Curt Tofteland before going on stage for their first performance. The emphasis of the company is on the process from beginning to end. PHOTO: Andy Nelson/ The Christian Science Monitor.

LAGRANGE, KENTUCKY, USA - 13MAY01 - Demetrius Burrus looks out onto the prison yard during intermission of the second show of "Titus Andronicus. Shakespeare Behind Bars gives inmates an outlet to focus their attention as they serve their sentences. PHOTO: Andy Nelson/ The Christian Science Monitor.

LAGRANGE, KENTUCKY, USA - 13MAY01 - Demetrius Burrus looks out onto the prison yard during intermission of the second show of "Titus Andronicus. Shakespeare Behind Bars gives inmates an outlet to focus their attention as they serve their sentences. PHOTO: Andy Nelson/ The Christian Science Monitor.

LAGRANGE, KENTUCKY, USA - 13MAY01 - Larry Lucas put a reminder of his lines on his palm during a rehearsal. PHOTO: Andy Nelson/ The Christian Science Monitor

LAGRANGE, KENTUCKY, USA - 13MAY01 - Larry Lucas put a reminder of his lines on his palm during a rehearsal. PHOTO: Andy Nelson/ The Christian Science Monitor

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The University of Louisville and Frazier History Museum invite you to join us for an evening of conversation about how deep immersion in Shakespeare’s words, characters, and actions has profoundly changed lives. The evening includes a screening of the documentary, “Shakespeare Behind Bars”, a film that follows a year-long experience mounting a production of The Tempest. Following the film, a panel of Shakespeare Behind Bars alumni will discuss their own work in the program and answer questions from the audience.

Guests may also visit the temporary exhibition, First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, on display at the Frazier Museum through December 11, 2016. 

The program joins a host of other Shakespeare-related programming offered throughout the community in celebration of the exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. For information on community-wide programming -- dubbed "Will in the 'Ville" -- visit http://blogs.lfpl.org/firstfolio

  • 6:00 – 6:30 Doors open
    • Light refreshments served in Great Hall
    • Guests may view two volumes on loan from UofL Archives & Special Collections
    • First Folio on view
  • 6:30 – 8:00 Brief introduction and film viewing
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Q&A with Shakespeare Behind Bars participants and more gallery time

Admission is free, but space is limited so reservations are suggested.