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Theatre in our Schools?
The impact of a theatre experience on prison inmates has always exceeded
expectations. There ought to be more of it, but when we can't get
governments to fund theatre in the schools, there's little hope for them to
do it in prisons. In the early years of Waiting for Godot when sophisticated
audiences were baffled by it, the prisoners at San Quentin penitentiary got
it right away when it was played there. Malcolm X read all of Shakespeare
when he was imprisoned.
The first play ever performed in North
America, took place on a boat at Port Royal, Nova Scotia. The
production, staged on November 16, 1606, was called Le Th'atre de
Neptune en la Nouvelle-France. (MTI)