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"Learning Shakespeare and writing sonnets in youth prison"

In this compelling feature story Learning Shakespeare and writing sonnets in youth prison, Madeline Buckley interviews

Curt Tofteland, founder of Shakespeare Behind Bars

"'The only answer for deep tragedy is art,'" [Tofteland] said. "'Prisoners are traumatized every day by living in these oftentimes uncivil places.'"


Buckley further reports: "Tofteland founded Shakespeare Behind Bars in 1995 and has worked in male, female and youth prisons. He believes the themes in Shakespeare's work are timeless and relatable."


What themes from the works of Shakespeare are relevant to the conflicts we must face in contemporary society?

What themes from Shakepeare are relevant to personal challenges in your life?

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