Inmates at San Quentin State Prison were treated to a production of Shakespeare s "Hamlet" on Friday, performed by 15 fellow inmates. The cast, under the direction of Marin Shakespeare Company s Lesley Schisgall Currier and Suraya Keating, had been studying the play, creating characters, learning lines, practicing fight choreography and preparing for the performance for the past 10 months. The Marin Shakesepare Company added the San Quentin program to its array of programs nine years ago. "Shakespeare gives inmates the opportunity to learn to communicate in new ways, to practice conflict resolution, to develop empathy and teamwork skills," Currier said. "Shakespeare has been transformational for many of the men who participate, building confidence and communication skills."