For ex-inmates, Dante becomes a model for transformation
Lynda Gardner, Saundra Duncan, and Deborah Ranger will give a reading of a new play at a Harvard University conference next week. A different kind of alma mater qualifies them for this appearance: York Correctional Institution in Niantic, Conn. While behind bars, all three joined theater workshops with Wesleyan University professor Ron Jenkins. They got to know Shakespeare and Dante, and it changed their lives.