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English Professor Teaching Shakespeare to Pendleton Inmates

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) – A Huntington University professor is teaching more than a dozen inmates at Pendleton Correctional Facility about William Shakespeare.

Dr. Jack Heller has made weekly trips to the maximum security men's prison since 2013. The English professor currently is co-directing a group of 18 inmates in the Shakespeare play, “Coriolanus,'' with Dr. Stacy Erickson of Manchester University.

Heller said he and Erickson work with the inmates to decide what they would like to do. He says the men chose the play because it deals with choices and mistakes.

Heller says he thinks the inmates can relate to “Coriolanus'' because it's about a man with an anger problem.

The inmates are expected to perform the play Thursday to a crowd of 100 people.

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