An Old-New Play In A Very New Space

IUPUI celebrates the opening of their new Campus Center Theater with 'The History of Cardenio.'

director and recreator seated on stage

Photo: IUPUI

Director Terri Bouris and editor/recreater Gary Taylor take a breather on the very much under construction set of "The History of Cardenio"

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The History of Cardenio

recreation of a play by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher based on a story from Cervantes "Don Quixote"


IUPUI Campus Center Theater

April 19-21 and 26-28, 2012

Campus Center website

IUPUI celebrates the opening of their new Campus Center theater with a production of The History of Cardenio by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher.

The New Space

“It’s very exciting, IUPUI is becoming increasingly performative on this life sciences campus,” says director Terri Bourus. “It’s the grand opening of the Campus Center theater. And although this performance space will be used for a variety of other things, we have the privilege of opening it up with Mr. Shakespeare and Fletcher. There’s quite a buzz on campus.”

The Old-New Play

The History of Cardenio is mentioned in record from Shakespeare’s time, but it has been a lost play. Shakespeare scholar Gary Taylor has recreated the drama and says that it took modern technology to make it possible. “The text survives only in fragments and until the rise of massive data bases it wasn’t possible to identify which fragments were authentic and which were later spurious modifications. It’s only now possible to authenticate the fragments and put together the bulk of the play and then to try to fill in the blanks where parts of the text are missing.”

More About The Play

Shakespeare’s co-author was John Fletcher a younger contemporary. “Most people have never heard of him but he was actually more popular and more admired than Shakespeare in the 17th century,” says Taylor. “I also want to put in a plug for the inspiration for the play and that is the great Spanish novelist Cervantes and his masterpiece Don Quixote. Cardenio and some of the other characters come from Cervantes’ novel and they’ll be familiar to people who’ve read the novel, but they are transformed by the playwrights.”

A Little Bit More About The Production

“There’s original music,” says Bourus. “We have four student musicians who’ve rescored the music and updated it a bit without losing the original lyrics and without losing the tone of the play and in fact adding to the tone, the feel of it. So, it’s really exciting and fun. “

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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