Measure for Measure 07/19–08/19Buy Tickets
JACKSON—Michigan Shakespeare Festival 2018 will feature two plays by Shakespeare, The Tempest and Measure for Measure, as well as the rarely performed Restoration comedy, The Rover, by a little-known woman playwright, Aphra Behn. The company will again divide their season between the Baughman Theatre in Jackson (July 12–29), and The Village Theatre in Canton (August 3–19). Tickets are available online at www.michiganshakespearefestival.com.
One of Shakespeare’s most contentious comedies, Measure for Measure rings true with legal, social, and political issues, all tempered by a darkly-comic wit. A bookish and thoughtful man, the Duke of Vienna feels lost and lonely amid his court’s displays of pomp and ceremony. Leaving his power aside for a while, he plans to walk among his people, leaving the zealous Angelo to rule in his place. But Angelo quickly begins strict enforcement of many long-forgotten and severe laws, without mercy or compassion. Morality and virtue disguise hedonism and vice, and being powerful is not a true measure of character. A nun, a playboy, a pair of lovers, a tapster, a murderer, a constable, and a woman-done-wrong are all thrown together to be judged by the duplicitous Angelo. Will the Duke provide justice by finding the humanity within the law, or will he allow merciless indifference to prevail? The production features Robert McLean as Angelo, Ian Geers as Duke Vincentio, and introducing Diana Coates as Isabella, and has been adapted and directed by Janice L Blixt.