All the World's a Cage: Staging Shakespeare in an Italian Prison

A day with the director, staff and inmates in a Roman jail sheds light on prison life, theater and human nature.

ROME − Afternoon at Rebibbia Prison. Twenty or so inmates from G12 section are sitting in the dimness of the auditorium, silently following the instructions of director Fabio Cavalli. Dangerous inmates − major Mafia figures, drug dealers, murderers, violent criminals. Tough mugs who shed their skin twice a week to embody a character in a classic work by Dante, Shakespeare or Eduardo de Filippo.