A New Verse Translation of "Measure for Measure" Dec. 8 FREE reading HRC

November 19, 2018

Announcing Austin Shakes FREE Staged reading of  A new verse translation of William Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" By Aditi Brennan Kapil in collaboration with Harry Ransom Center on the The University of Texas at Austin campus. One performance only: 7:30 pm Saturday Dec. 8, at their Prothro Theater 300 W 21st St off Guadalupe -- with Andrew Ian Carlson as the Duke and Clara Hayes as Isabella. Also Robert Matney, Colum Morgan, Chuck Winkler, Andrew Matthews, Keith Adam Paxton, Max Green, Nancy Eyermann. Talk back with Play on: 36 playwrights translate Shakespeare associate producer Taylor Bailey. from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


“To whom should I complain? If I told them who would believe me?”  says the young Isabella in a new verse translation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure by Aditi Kapil.


 “Measure for Measure” celebrates glorious language, captivating characters and an ingenious plot in a world of lusty licentiousness.  A young novice “Isabella,” defies the seeming puritanical government official “Angelo” when he attempts to seduce her.  UT theater faculty member, Andrew Carlson stars as the Duke, who in disguise, observes and finally devises the memorable conclusion.  Carlson served as dramaturg in the transformation of Shakespeare’s original language to Kapil’s new script.


Post show audience “Talk Back” will feature Taylor Bailey, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Associate Producer, Play on!


“The story examines the vicious abuse of power that leaders commit when they think no one is looking.We are proud to bring this fresh look at a timely story to Austin,” said Ann Ciccolella Artistic Director who has been involved in a UT workshop during its development.  Play On!  is a project of Oregon Shakespeare Festival commissioning playwrights to “translate” Shakespeare’s plays into contemporary modern English.  The plays are written in verse where the bard wrote in verse, and in prose where he did. Settings and characters are kept in the period for which they were first written. 39 plays will be complete by December 31, 2018. 


Aditi Brennan Kapil is a writer, actress and director of Bulgarian and Indian descent. Her play Love Person, a four-part love story in Sanskrit, American Sign Language and English, received the 2009 Stavis Playwriting Award.  Kapil’s Displaced Hindu Gods trilogy consists of Brahman/i: a one-hijra stand-up comedy show; The Chronicles of Kalki; and Shiv. The internationally produced plays, based on the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, premiered in repertory at Mixed Blood Theatre, and Brahman/i and The Chronicles of Kalki received an unprecedented double nomination for the James Tait Black Prize, University of Edinburgh, U.K.  In the 2016/2017 season Kapil premiered SouthCoast Repertory (SCR) commissioned play Orange at Mixed Blood Theatre and at SCR, and Yale commissioned play Imogen Says Nothing at Yale Repertory Theatre. She is currently working on a commission with La Jolla Playhouse.

From Oregon Shakespeare Festival: “By seeking out a diverse set of playwrights (more than half writers of color and more than half women), we hope to bring fresh voices and perspectives to the rigorous work of translation.”


Performed with support from the Hitz Foundation.



ABOUT AUSTIN SHAKESPEARE:Founded in 1984 and the only professional classical theater company in Central Texas, Austin Shakespeare presents theater of the highest quality with an emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare, staging performances that are fresh, bold, imaginative, thought-provoking and eminently accessible -- connecting the truths of the past with the challenges and possibilities of today. In the fall and spring, Austin Shakespeare also produces plays by Shaw, Schiller, and Stoppard at The Long Center for the Performing Arts Rollins Studio Theatre. Austin Shakespeare’s ongoing “Shakespeare Aloud” reading group and “Artist’s Way” sessions invite new participants weekly and the company’s education program 20/20 sends professional actors into the schools to encourage love of language. In 2018, Austin Shakespeare was honored with a grant from the prestigious Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program.


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