The Human Condition

27 09 2007

Recently Achilles and Odysseus were in the news, for their help in combating post traumatic stress disorder. And that reminded me of an amazing episode of This American Life, from early 2004, simply called Act V.

“Over the course of six months, reporter and This American Life contributor Jack Hitt followed a group of inmates in a high security prison, as they rehearsed and staged a production of the last act — Act V — of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Shakespeare may seem an odd match for a group of hardened criminals, but he found that they understand the bard on a level most of us might not. It’s a play about murder and its consequences, performed by murderers, living out the consequences.”

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