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The History of Cardenio

[Ad]: Buy Tickets to The ShowBy William Shakespeare and John Fletcher
Recreated by Dr. Gary Taylor
Directed by Dr. Terri Bourus
April 19-21, 26-28, 2012

Presented by The IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI
at IUPUI Campus Center Theater
Garden Level
420 University Blvd, Indianapolis, 46202
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Shakespeare's lost play
In 1653 The Stationers' Company of London registered for publication a manuscript called "The History of Cardenio", written by Shakespeare and his younger contemporary John Fletcher. Court documents of 1613 establish that this play was acted before King James by the King's Men (Shakespeare's troupe). That Jacobean play was never printed, and the original manuscripts are apparently lost. Dr. Gary Taylor, joint general editor of the New Oxford Shakespeare, and Distinguished Research Professor of English at Florida State University, has recreated the lost play in a rigorous quest for authenticity based on twenty years of research, identifying fragments of the original and discrediting some later claims about it. This performance of The History of Cardenio at IUPUI marks the first complete theatrical production of Taylor's script.
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Photo: Painting by Ivan Hernandez Olivera, used by permission.

Shakespeare at a great urban university
The director is Dr. Terri Bourus, associate professor of English drama at IUPUI, and an award-winning professional actor, and winner of the IUPUI Research Trailblazers award in 2010. Taylor and Bourus have been developing the play in the New Oxford Shakespeare Office at IUPUI. Commissioned by Oxford University Press, the New Oxford Shakespeare is an international research project headed by Taylor with general editor Bourus, and general editor John Jowett, Ph.D. deputy director of the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon. The cast features both professional and student actors.

Shakespeare and Cervantes
Shakespeare and Fletcher took their inspiration from several of the many stories in the literary masterpiece by Miguel Cervantes, Don Quixote. "Don Quixot" is an old man who believes what he reads about super-heroism, and Cardenio is a young man who believes what he reads about love. But such ideal fictions do not prepare them for the comedies and tragedies that they face in the real world. From the raw materials of madness, sexual coercion, racial prejudice, bisexuality, betrayal, and death, The History of Cardenio creates a magical tragicomic romance, stubbornly real and hauntingly unreal, that will make young and old alike laugh and cry.

Presented by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and Hoosier Bard.

Performance Schedule

Pre-Performance Talks Are Open To The Public Free Of Charge

Thursday, April 19
5:30 free public lecture in theater, "Two Cardenios: Shakespeare and Cervantes": Professor Steven Wagschal (Indiana University Bloomington)
7 p.m. play, The History of Cardenio
The 30 minute talk-back will begin five minutes after the play finishes.

Friday, April 20
5:30 p.m. free public lecture in theater, "When Is Sex Legal? Rape, Coerced Consent, Bigamy, Interracial Marriage, Transvestism and Homosexuality": Professor Gary Taylor (New Oxford Shakespeare) and Professor Jennifer Drobac (Indiana Univeristy Robert H. McKinney School of Law, IUPUI)
7 p.m. play, The History of Cardenio
The 30 minute talk-back will begin five minutes after the play finishes.

Saturday, April 21
5 p.m. gala opening reception in theater lobby—RESERVATION REQUIRED.
7 p.m. play, The History of Cardenio
The 30 minute talk-back will begin five minutes after the play finishes.

Thursday, April 26
5:30 p.m., free public lecture in theater, "Shakespeare, Indianapolis and Race": Professor Ayanna Thompson (Arizona State University)
7 p.m. play, The History of Cardenio
The 30 minute talk-back will begin five minutes after the play finishes.

Friday, April 27
5:30 p.m. free public lecture in theater, "Working Together: Theater, Collaboration, and Cardenio"
7 p.m. play, accessible for the deaf, The History of Cardenio
The 30 minute talk-back will begin five minutes after the play finishes.

Saturday, April 28
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. "The History of Cardenio: Spain and England, Then and Now," an academic research colloquium.
5:30-6 p.m. Reading of translations of Spanish poetry (Ben Van Wyk)
6-6:30 p.m. Classical Spanish Guitar concert: John Alvarado (Music and Arts Technology, IUPUI)
7 p.m. play, The History of Cardenio
The 30 minute talk-back will begin five minutes after the play finishes.

Post-Performance Talk-Backs

All Talk-backs with the audience feature conversations with Dr. Terri Bourus, Dr. Gary Taylor, and selected cast members.

The recording of each Public Lecture can be viewed LIVE each night starting at 5:20pm. They can be viewed at: http://www.indiana.edu/~video/stream/liveflash.html?filename=Public_Lecture_Campus_Center

Terri Bourus is Associate Professor of English Drama at IUPUI, a General Editor of the New Oxford Shakespeare, and co-founder of Hoosier Bard Productions, for which she directed Young Hamlet at the Indy Fringe Theatre in 2011. She has performed professionally as actor, singer, and dancer in New York, San Diego, and Chicago (where she won a Kelly award for best performance by an actress in a classic play). Dr. Bourus has edited multimedia editions of Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and digital editions of two plays by John Fletcher. She has won six Indiana University teaching awards.

Gary Taylor is General Editor of the New Oxford Shakespeare, editor and co-author of The History of Cardenio. His 22 books include Castration As Abbreviated History of Western Manhood, editions of Shakespeare, John Fletcher, and their contemporary Thomas Middleton, and The Quest for Cardenio: Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes and the Lost Play (forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2012). He has lectured widely at theatres and universities around the world, written for the Guardian (London) and Time Magazine, and been interviewed on "Fresh Air," "All Things Considered," the BBC, and Canadian and New Zealand TV and radio. Dr. Taylor will be approaching the same issues from the perspective of literary history and men's studies.