MEASURE FOR MEASURE
A Dark Comedy By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Featuring JONATHAN CAKE, CARA RICKETTS, & THOMAS JAY RYAN
Directed by SIMON GODWIN
“★★★★…Astute…playful…with no shortage of compassion…
a haunting exploration of what can happen when morality becomes law…
In an age of outrage, this revelatory Measure for Measure is a cry for hope and reconciliation.”
– Diane Snyder, Time Out New York, Critic’s Pick
“Gorgeous…This Measure for Measure soars just as it should into that uniquely Shakespearean plane where absolutely opposing philosophies are given equally compelling expression.” – Jesse Green, The New York Times
“Simon Godwin directs a stellar cast in an electrifying, high-energy staging.” – Lore Croghan, Brooklyn Daily Eagle
“A taut and illuminating production…Jonathan Cake glides through his role as the Duke with giddy charm while Thomas Jay Ryan’s Angelo smoothly shifts from rigid zealot to man smitten with Isabella…Cara Ricketts’ virtuous Isabella never breaks. It’s a poised and formidable performance.” – Nicole Serratore, The Stage
Simon Godwin, Associate Director, London’s National Theatre, stages Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare’s dark comedy about justice, faith, power, sex, and family. Jonathan Cake, Cara Ricketts, and Thomas Jay Ryan lead a company of 12 actors in a high-stakes conflict of clashing ideologies–a diverse world in which incompatible values collide.
Godwin sets this urgent play in a modern city becoming increasingly authoritarian. The production engages audiences directly with the play’s clashing arguments. Audience members will enter the theatre through hallways transformed into Mistress Overdone’s brothel; some will visit a café where Mariana sings; and twelve will sit around the stage as a jury.
Please note: Measure for Measure contains sexually explicit content which some may find inappropriate for those under 16 years of age.
For this production, the audience will enter the house via a backstage route within the Polonsky Shakespeare Center. Patrons are encouraged to come early to allow time for this element of the production. Please arrive by 1:30pm for matinee performances and 7:00pm for evening performances.
Please note: Seats in Row AA are positioned apart from the main seating structure and directly in front of the stage. Click here to view the seating charts for this production.
Run Time: Approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes with one intermission
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MEASURE FOR MEASURE in rehearsal