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TRCI inmates take on Shakespeare roles
TRCI inmates take on Shakespeare roles
News Release from: Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted: September 20th, 2010 12:05 PM
 
TRCI inmates take on Shakespeare roles
 
Fairies, magic, and wit will come alive at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI), when a group of inmates present Shakespeare's popular comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream.
 
"Because it's a comedy, it's a lot of fun and gives the inmates a chance to expand and grow," said volunteer Johnny Stallings, who is directing the production, which has been in rehearsal since April.
 
Although there will be several performances of the play during a two-week period of time, it is not open to the public. Other inmates at TRCI will be able to watch Sept. 20 to 21 and 27 to 28. Specially invited guests, friends and relatives of the actors will attend Sept. 25 and Oct. 2.
 
Reflective of its title, the play has three interwoven plots in a dreamlike setting around the marriage of King Theseus of Athens and Queen Hippolyta of the Amazons, a play presented for the wedding by local merchants, and the love lives of four young men and women who along with one of the merchants become entangled in a spat between the king and queen of the fairies.
 
Several of the main characters are women, presenting an interesting challenge for the actors who have volunteered to play those roles. Since TRCI is a men's prison, it's up to the men in the group to don the dresses and play the women's roles, adding to the hilarity of the play. This adds a real level of authenticity to the performance, because in Elizabethan England, only men were permitted to become actors.
 
For more information call TRCI Public Information Officer Vicki Reynolds at (541) 922-2024.