james wesley stemple


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Shakespeare Behind Bars

THE FILM
Director Hank Rogerson's film follows the SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS theatre troupe over the course of a year. The troupe is led by volunteer director Curt Tofteland, who began working with Luther Luckett inmates in the mid-1990s. The prisoners cast themselves in roles that reflect their own histories, and the true stories of their crimes are interwoven with their production of The Tempest. The inmates explore the characters that they portray—while confronting their own troubled lives.


Recording at Capitol Records


THE SCORE
James Wesley Stemple's original soundtrack for Shakespeare Behind Bars incorporates blues and Appalachian influences, and features baritone guitar, Appalachian and hammered dulcimers, and cello and bass combined with the unique sound of the bowed banjo.
THE MUSICIANS
Michael Valerio (String Bass)
Melissa Hasin (Cello)
Matthew Cooker (Cello)
Peter Fitzpatrick (Bowed Banjo)
Brian Head (Lute, Classical Guitar)
James Stemple (Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Acoustic & Electric Bass Guitar, Hammered Dulcimer, Appalachian Dulcimer, Acoustic Piano, Keyboards)







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