May 242017
 

Untitled   Richard II; Act 5, Scene 5 
Richard II 

May 24, 2017

 

  

Is there a message of hope in the words that King Richard II speaks to us from his prison cell in the Tower of London?  Our guest, Curt Tofteland, is the Founder of the internationally acclaimed Shakespeare Behind Bars program.  In 22 years at the helm of SBB, Curt has discovered three noble truths:  Humans need a Tribe, Humans need a Story and Humans need to Reflect.  Using Shakespeare, Curt teaches the prisoners these truths and the question arises: did Shakespeare do any time?

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original drawing by Michael Arthur

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  2 Responses to “Curt L. Tofteland”

  1. Curt Toftland is absolutely right, Humans need a Tribe, Humans need a Story and Humans need to Reflect. And Shakespeare is a genius at all times!

  2. Thanks Darren! We love the 3 Noble truths that Curt has discovered. I think reflection, which leads to empathy and/or understanding is perhaps the most important! Prisoners who recognize Shakespeare’s ability to capture the human experience cements the Bard’s standing as a genius, for sure. Cheers!

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