Documentary tells story of ‘lost’ Shakespeare play that premiered at IUPUI

Thought you might want to check out this preview of a new documentary focused on IUPUI’s spring premiere of a lost 400-year-old play by Shakespeare and a collaborator.

The 30-minute documentary, “C.S.I. Shakespeare,” will air at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 on WFYI 1 Public Television.

Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Jim Simmons, the film highlights the 20-year effort by Florida State University professor and Shakespeare scholar Gary Taylor to recreate “The History of Cardenio,” a play by William Shakespeare and collaborator John Fletcher.

A series of performances earlier this year at IUPUI marked the first complete theatrical production of Taylor’s updated version of the play, which he recreated by filtering old texts through modern high-tech databases to reconstruct the original.

Those performances were directed by Terri Bourus, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI associate professor of English drama.

There’s a B-town connection as well — Tyrone Van Tatenhove (BA ’11) was cast in “The History of Cardenio” and can be seen in the trailer. Learn how to spot Tyrone (and see what else is going on) via our friends in the Department of Theatre and Drama.

Want more? Read up on the play’s history in the IU News Room or via IUPUI.

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