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Friday, August 30, 2013

Hip-hop version of 'Othello' resonates behind bars

Inmates, from left, Eric McNeil, Kevin Fields and Julian Campbell dance in their seats while watching rappers perform a hip hop "Othello: The Remix" at the Cook County Jail in Chicago. Campbell, 19, said the play offered two lessons: "Be honest. Always think before you do." Fields, also 19, saw the play as a cautionary tale. "You can't affect what other people do but you can affect what you do," he says. The show was an eye-opener in another way: "In hip-hop," he adds, "I finally found out what Shakespeare really is."