Bars and Measures

Commissioned by B Street Theatre, Bars and Measures is the fascinating tale of two brothers. One a classical pianist. The other a jazz bass player. One a Christian. The other a Muslim. One living in freedom. The other in jail. Separated by bars, the brothers try to reconcile their differences through the language they know best. Music. A beautiful journey through faith, family, melody and time.
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Bars and Measures

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  • Cheryl Bear:
    7 Aug. 2020
    A marvelous exploration between two brothers who are separated by so much, but are united by music and love. Spectacluar and truly beautiful!
  • Franky Gonzalez:
    30 Dec. 2019
    I return often to the power of this play and its many complex layers. An absolute marvel to behold, BARS AND MEASURES finds astounding ways to critique so many facets of our deeply flawed culture while still telling a heartrending tale of two brothers bound by music but separated by so many distances both physical and metaphorical. Idris Goodwin is a master at his craft, using music, dialogue, and social ills to show us the depth of emotion one goes through in the journey of life. It's a marvelous play. Read it and let the music wash over you.
  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    29 Dec. 2019
    The play makes space for the relationship between the brothers to shift and change through the music of scat that they share together. This illustrates a wonderful way to allow for such changes to be shown without words. Beyond that, I found the play to be thrilling for its ambition and scope. Extremely relevant and fascinating!

Development History

  • Reading
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    New Black Fest // Lark Playwright Center
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
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    Tricklock Theater / Theater Without Borders
    ,
    2015
  • Commission
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    B Street Theater
    ,
    2014

Production History

  • Professional
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    Urban Stages
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
    ,
    Jungle Theatre
    ,
    2016
  • Professional
    ,
    Prop Thtr
    ,
    2016
  • Professional
    ,
    Boston Court
    ,
    2016
  • Professional
    ,
    B Street Theatre
    ,
    2015