San Quentin inmates stage Shakespeare 

Some might assume that there are few opportunities to dance, laugh or speak in iambic pentameter at San Quentin State Prison. But today, 10 inmates will prove them wrong by performing "Romeo and Juliet" in the prison’s Presbyterian chapel, which will be the culmination of seventh months of preparation in their Shakespeare class that was led by members of the Marin Shakespeare Co.

Safety precautions at the prison mean that outsiders — including the actresses playing the parts of the Nurse, Lady Capulet and Juliet — aren’t allowed to make physical contact with inmates.

It’s a tough crowd, too, as the bulk of the 400 expected audience members are men with life sentences.

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