Ten Thousand Things Theater, which presents theatre to underserved communities, including correctional facilities, homeless shelters, rehabilitation centers, senior centers, low-income housing and community centers, will offer a two-week NYC-area tour of the Shakespeare classic prior to a limited, six-day run at Judson Memorial Church in the East Village.
From Nov. 22-Dec. 4 Measure for Measure will be offered at the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility, Susan’s Place, the Bayview Correctional Facility, the Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, the Fortune Society and the Central High School/Boys & Girls Club of Newark. Additional stops will be announced shortly.
New York theatregoers will also have the opportunity to view the production Dec. 6-11 at Judson Memorial Church. The Mobile Unit will also offer workshops at each of its tour stops throughout NYC.
Ten Thousand Things founder and artistic director Michelle Hensley will direct a cast including Rob Campbell, Carson Elrod, Meg Gibson, Shalita Grant, William Jackson Harper, Jackie Sanders Hayes, Ruy Iskandar, Lanna Joffrey and Nicole Lewis.
"It's our job to make sure that culture is for all the people, not just the educated or wealthy or lucky. Shakespeare belongs to everybody. Michelle Hensley is an astonishing artist, and her version of Measure for Measure evokes with laser-like precision the themes of justice, hypocrisy and arbitrary law enforcement that lie at the heart of Shakespeare's brilliant play. No one can see her work in interaction with an incarcerated audience and doubt that culture is as essential as breathing to the human soul," said Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis in a statement. "We are also deeply proud to be partnering with Judson Memorial Church, which for generations has shared our values of social activism, artistic engagement and spiritual inclusivity. It's time we made common cause with our Greenwich Village neighbor, and we hope that this is just the start of a long collaboration." Visit PublicTheater.