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Elevator Repair Service, the Obie-winning company behind Gatz  “the most remarkable achievement in theater of this decade” (The New York Times)  returns to The Public to celebrate their 25th season with a dynamic new production of Shakespeare’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE.   

With athletic theatricality and Marx-Brothers-inspired slapstick, the ERS ensemble brings exciting new life to this story of impossible moral choices in 17th-century Vienna. Radical experiments with speed set the play’s combination of the comically absurd and the tragically serious in stark relief, and deliver a remarkable new show that marries the company’s unique performance style with the Bard’s exquisitely lyrical language. ERS Founder and Artistic Director John Collins directs. 

The creation of interactive digital tools to modulate the tempo of the performance was supported by a Magic Grant from the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation.

All orders subject to $5 per ticket service fee and $2 per ticket facility fee. Service fees are waived when you buy in person at the Box Office. All fees are waived for Public Theater Members and Partners. Plays, titles, actors, directors, and performance dates and times are subject to change. 

World Premiere

Written by William Shakespeare
Created and Performed by Elevator Repair Service
Directed by John Collins


Featuring Rinne Groff, Lindsay Hockaday, Maggie Hoffman, Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, April Matthis, Gavin Price, Greig Sargeant, Scott Shepherd, Pete Simpson, and Susie Sokol 

In a co-production with Elevator Repair Service and originally commissioned by The Public Theater

Public Forum is also the home of The Public’s audience engagement activities, which include Artist Talkbacks, Audience Conversations, Speaker Series panels, and the online resource Digiturgy. Depending on the production, audience engagement activities may include:

 Artist Talkbacks- Members of the cast and creative team will take questions from the audience about the show and their process

 Speaker Series- a 20-to-30 minute panel discussion after the performance with experts discussing a topic from the show

 Audience Conversations- Members of The Public’s artists staff lead the audience in a conversation with each other about the show and its themes and ideas

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