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A neo-Restoration comedy of manners, set in the 18th century, but told with a uniquely contemporary feel. The play's protagonist is a 20-year-old male prostitute who passes himself off as a chambermaid, a valet, a landed gentleman and his wife, a beautiful country lass and a handsome rake. The piece looks at our obsessions with pursuing happiness and our all too often inability to recognize it when we have it within our grasp.


Blunt is in love with Molly, a young transvestite prostitute. But when Blunt rescues him from a life on the streets, he doesn't count on Molly falling in love with Dashwood, the handsome womanising rake. Restoration comedy meets modern sex farce in this romantic adventure, exploring the elusive nature of happiness; featuring mistaken identities, duels and double-dealings, gay marriage, and the obligatory sex cave.

About the author

David Grimm is a New York-based playwright. His play Kit Marlowe premiered at the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival and garnered a GLAAD Award Nomination, as well as being cited by the NY Post in their list of the "10 Best Plays of 2000." Other works include The Savages of Hartford, Killing Hilda and Sheridan, or Schooled in Scandal. David Grimm holds an MFA from NYU, a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and is a lecturer in Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama. He is the recipient of an NEA/TCG Residency Grant and is a member of the Writers Guild, the Dramatists Guild, the Pen American Center, and is an Artistic Associate of Red Bull Theatre.



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About the play

Measure for Pleasure was workshopped at the 2005 Sundance Theatre Laboratory.


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The script

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Measure for Pleasure book
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Selection of articles

The Village Voice (March 15th 2006) A New Grimm's Mock-Antique Fairy Tale Provides a Frilling Experience
The New Yorker (March 13th 2006) Openings and previews (March 11th 2006)
Photo Call: The Public Doles Out Measures of Pleasure at Opening (March 10th 2006)
Mixing virtue, vice for good measure (March 9th 2006)
Photo Coverage: Measure for Pleasure Opens
Papermag (March 2006) Stage notes (March 2006) Measure for Pleasure review
HX magazine (March 2006)
Measure for Pleasure review (March 9th 2006)

New York Times (March 9th 2006)
Bawdy Stand-Up in Wigs and Silk Britches (No Glossary Needed) (March 8th 2006) For Opening, Measure for Pleasure Parties at Pop
Washington Post (March 8th 2006)
REVIEW: 'Measure' a Bawdy Comedy (March 8th 2006) Grimm, Goode and Blunt: New Play Measure for Pleasure Opens at Public Theater March 8
Variety (March 8th 2006) (March 8th 2006) Measure for Pleasure review (March 7th 2006) Photo Flash: The Cast of Measure for Pleasure at the Public Theater (February 6th 2006)
Casting Complete for Public Theater's Measure for Pleasure (December 11th 2005) Casting Announced for Measure for Pleasure at the Public (December 5th 2005) Morton, Stuhlbarg, Knight Are at Grimm's Pleasure at Public

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