Ten Thousand Things Theater of Minneapolis put on a seminar last summer for The Public Theater in New York City to show how theater can be presented to people in prisons and others who rarely see live productions.
The workshop went so well that Ten Thousand Things staff will now work with The Public Theater on a production of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” in New York in November and December.
Artistic Director Michelle Hensley will direct the play, guiding staff and artists at the Public through TTT’s production model (no stage lighting and minimal sets and props, with a focus on the narrative of the play). TTT’s Music Director Peter Vitale handles the soundscape and with Resident Scenic Designer Stephen Mohring will create the sets.
Oskar Eustis, artistic director of The Public Theater and a native Minnesotan, said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Ten Thousand Things, a theater as impressive for its purity of mission as for the excellence of its artistry. Michelle Hensley has built a hidden national treasure in the Twin Cities; may her influence spread across America.”