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Measure For Measure

Hoosier Bard Productions returned to the Indy Fringe Theatre with a world-premiere double bill: Shakespeare's original and uncensored Measure for Measure, set in Italy, followed by Thomas Middleton's more familiar 1621 adaptation of Shakespeare's play, set in Vienna. Measure asks when sex is legal and finds the answer in a complex tale about the relationship between politics, justice, and morality.

Building from NOS editor John Jowett’s ‘genetic’ text of the play, Director Terri Bourus and Dramaturg Gary Taylor drew out the sombre and gritty tone of Middleton’s adaptation, which played in stark contrast to Shakespeare’s comic fare

The NOS on-site editors - Gary Taylor, Terri Bourus, Rory Loughnane and Anna Pruitt - organized and conducted a well-attended workshop, 'Editing and Performing Measure for Measure'. Participants had an opportunity to discuss some of the various issues that arise in editing and performing Shakespeare’s plays, and Measure for Measure in particular, including, early modern adaptation, editing drama as a multimedia art form, and theatre as a form of research.


Measure for Measure program

"Indianapolis hosts another world-premiere Shakespeare event this month”

IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute—Feb. 15, 2103

Interview with Prof. Terri Bourus

IU Arts Blog—Feb. 11, 2013

Interview with Prof. Terri Bourus and Prof. Gary Taylor (Audio)

WFYI (NPR)—Feb. 14, 2013

Events & Research


Editing and Performing Measure for Measure


Terri Bourus, “Measure for Measure at the Goodman” Shakespeare Bulletin—Forthcoming Fall 2013

Terri Bourus and Gary Taylor, “Measure for Measure(s): Performance-Testing the Adaptation Hypothesis” Shakespeare—Forthcoming Fall 2013

Terri Bourus, “Middleton’s Re-formation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure” Drama in Post-Reformation England: Practicing the ‘Religious Turn’—Forthcoming 2014