Films & Other Videos
Films with: Spitzmiller, Jilann
- Shakespeare behind bars
- Convicted felons at Kentucky's Luther Luckett Correctional Complex rehearse for the Shakespearean production, The Tempest, as part of the Shakespeare Behind Bars Program. The play's underlying theme of forgiveness parallels themes of transformation and redemption in the lives of the prisoners.
- DVD 4317
- Still dreaming
- "Documents a unique take on Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as performed by a group of retired actors, dancers and musicians at the Lillian Booth Actors Home just outside New York City.These former Broadway stars embark on a journey through the magical play at the urging of the Home's administrators, who see this as an opportunity to boost quality of life for the residents. As the rehearsal process unfolds, the actors find themselves experiencing both the pain and exhilaration of re-immersion in their life's work amidst the difficulties of old age. At the same time, the troupe's young co-directors, Ben Steinfeld and Noah Brody of NYC's celebrated Fiasco Theater, struggle to maintain forward momentum with this over-80 acting ensemble. Alzheimer's, dementia, and even minor issues such as sight and hearing loss create constant crises and obstacles for all involved. As the troupe pushes forward, the play's themes of perception, reality vs. dreaming, and memory become relevant in sharp relief. Ultimately the performance of the play turns out to be surprising, mysterious and resonant, and a vital reminder of the value of engaging in our dreams no matter the circumstance."-- Publisher's website.
- DVD 11317