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Hip-hop version of `Othello` resonates behind bars

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater this week brought a hip-hop version of "Othello" to Chicago's Cook County jail, and to an audience of 450 inmates who found relevance in the centuries-old tale of love, friendship, jealousy and betrayal.

"Othello-The Remix" is a rhyming, rapping, poetic homage to the Bard, featuring an onstage DJ. The play was written and directed by two Chicago brothers and rappers.

The Q brothers - as they are known - updated the Shakespeare story with a modern-day plot: Othello is a rap star and music mogul.

The names and themes haven't changed over the centuries, but the language has a modern beat.

It's the third Shakespeare play the brothers have translated into hip-hop style. The others have been comedies.

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