Ten Thousand Things’ style of theater spreads to New York

It's said the finest form of flattery is plagiarism.

In the theater world, it's more along the lines of "would you come show us how you do what you do?"

Michelle Hensley, artistic director of Ten Thousand Things - the Minnesota theater company known for bringing theater classics to homeless shelters, drug rehab centers and prisons - will be directing Shakespeare's Measure for Measure for The Public Theater in New York in the coming weeks. As with a typical TTT production, the show will tour men's and women's prisons, a center for battered women, an inner-city high school and a center for the elderly.

The Public Theater is calling its new program "The Mobile Unit." The New York theater already has a strong commitment to bringing Shakespeare to the masses for free through its "Shakespeare in the Park" series.

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