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Brass Tacks closes season in Ann Arbor with “Measure for Measure”

Preview October 11, 2017 Encore Staff

ANN ARBOR—The Brass Tacks Ensemble (Artistic Director James Ingagiola and Executive Director Isaac Ellis) will present the third and final Shakespeare production of their 2017 season, Measure for Measure.

Often labeled one of Shakespeare’s problem plays–a comedy with dark, dramatic undertones and overtones, Measure for Measure is the story of a duke who leaves his morally bankrupt city in the hands of one of his sternest deputies, the austere Angelo. The first victim of Angelo’s strict interpretation of the law is the young Claudio, who is doomed to die for committing adultery. Claudio’s virtuous sister, Isabella, leaves her convent to plead with Angelo for her brother’s life, only to be forced into a terrible dilemma by the deputy: her brother or her virtue. Questions of morality, of duty, and of justice are brought to the fore as the characters try to maneuver between reality and their ideals.

Directed by James Ingagiola, the cast features Brittany Batell, Amy Bogetto-Weinraub, Mary Conley, Isaac Ellis, Craig Ester, Ethan Gibney, Veronica Long, Kathleen E. Marinan, Maegan Murphy, Amanda Photenhauer, Russ Schwartz, Kate Topham, and Elizabeth Wagner. 2017 Troupe members also include: Sara Long, Anne S. Rhoades, and Aaron C. Wade.

Measure for Measure will run November 3–19, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the CCC (1600 Pauline Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI). November 3–5 tickets are Pay-What-You-Can. November 10–19, tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for students (with ID). For reservations, visit The Brass Tacks Ensemble website or call or text (734) 926-5376.

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