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'C.S.I. Shakespeare' documentary debuts Nov. 1 on WFYI


October 22, 2012

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Film highlights efforts of world-renowned Shakespeare scholar to recreate lost 400-year-old play for premiere at IUPUI’s new campus theater

In spring 2012, the IU School of Liberal Arts, on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, presented the world premiere of "The History of Cardenio," a lost 400-year-old play by William Shakespeare and collaborator John Fletcher. This landmark production, and the story behind its world premiere, is the subject of the new 30-minute documentary, "C.S.I Shakespeare," which premieres at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, on WFYI 1 Public Television (20.1 DT). A three-minute preview of the film, is available on the WFYI website.

Created by Jim Simmons, an Emmy Award-winning WFYI producer, "C.S.I Shakespeare" highlights the 20-year effort by Gary Taylor, world-renowned Shakespeare scholar and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University, to recreate the play, filtering old texts through modern high-tech databases to reconstruct the original. Viewers travel with Taylor to Shakespeare's New Globe Theatre in London and retrace his academic roots at Oxford University. We then return to the new theater at IUPUI to see Hoosier Bard productions, directed by IUPUI professor of English drama Terri Bourus, reanimate "Cardenio," with a mix of student and professional actors and a haunting original musical score.

Production funding for "C.S.I Shakespeare" is underwritten by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

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