Connor Kerns


Mr. Kerns lives in Portland, Oregon. He started writing poetry at the age of 11, and his first published poetry book was Image Made Word© in 1990 (Roan LTD).

Premieres of two play adaptations of Jane Austen novels, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, were produced by Quintessence: Language & Imagination Theatre, where he is Artistic Director. Other productions of his plays include: Pride and Prejudice, The Child is Father of the Man, Face Reader, and Treatment (Quintessence); A Bawdy Tale (Montgomery Street Players); Zaney (Arts Equity); I Go to War and Vaward of Pallas 3 (Epicurean); The Folio (CoHo) and Where No Storms Come (Stark Raving Theatre).

He is also a director, having received his MFA in Directing at the University of Portland, and an acting teacher on the faculty at the Portland Actors Conservatory. His book Imaginative Doing, Collected Essays on Acting was published in 2013.

Smashwords Interview

What were the beginnings of your interest in Shakespeare and film?
My parents took us to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival when I was growing up in the Pacific Northwest in the 1970's. That was very important to my becoming a playwright, a theatre director, and now a novelist.
What makes Measure for Measure relevant?
The moral and ethical questions raised in Shakespeare's play apply to any city, really, at any time. What's to be done about the sex trade? How should we punish people who lie? What do we do when our friends get sucked into a life of gambling or any kind of addiction? Can people really be redeemed? And can love work out when it is based on control or obsession? When you see a play or film of Shakespeare that's well done, you realize that he has explored very deeply these large questions, and that they are still ones to deal with, especially if you live in an urban setting.
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Measure Her
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,100. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Urban
Harris is obsessed: with Shakespeare's play Measure for Measure; and with the woman playing Isabella in his film version of it. Perdita, doing makeup for Harris' film, is convinced that a friend's death was not suicide. Portland, Oregon stands in for Shakespeare's seedy Vienna as Harris seeks redemption from a bad marriage through art and love, and Perdita plays novice detective.

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