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Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

June 24, 2016 - July 17, 2016


Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

What could be more timely than the story of Duke Vincentio, who finds himself struggling with ruling a city that has grown accustomed to using the law as a doormat? He hires a strong man, Angelo, who is known to rule with an iron fist. When a well liked citizen, Claudio, breaks a small law that nearly everyone in town also breaks routinely, Angelo decides to make an example of him. But Angelo, it turns out, is not as pious as he claims to be, and suddenly this upstanding citizen pointing all the fingers has fingers pointing back at him.


Director Raquel Ruelas says:


Measure for Measure is such a brilliant piece of work. It is often cited as a “problem play” since it has many inconsistencies and jarring sentence structure as well as ambiguity with a genre. From my perspective, this is the opposite of a problem and more of an opportunity. The concept for this piece is playing off of the polarity of human nature and how life and human behavior expresses so many inconsistencies. The humorous moments during serious scenes are beautiful irony, and the convoluted sentence structure and vocabulary are expressive of the complexity of the human mind. This story emphasizes the extremity of character, personal struggle, views of morality and how it affects human action and interaction. Set in Italy to give it grounding with the Italian names and religious themes, the time period is ambiguous to give focus to the characters, their relationships and how they present timeless struggles.”

 This dynamic cast includes Andrew Sutherland as Angelo, Graham Green as Duke Vincentio, Emily Kentta as Isabella, Forrest Lark as Lucio, Sara Garcia as Mariana, Overdone and Juliet; David Garcia as Claudio, Travis Blansit as Pompey, Carl Bengston as Escalus, and John Baker as Friar and Provost. With actors traveling from Sacramento, Modesto and Turlock to join local talent from Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties, this show is sure to provide a top quality Shakespeare experience.

 Measure for Measure will play Fridays and Saturdays at 7PM and Sundays at 2PM June 24 through July 17th at the Black Bart Playhouse.



June 24, 2016
July 17, 2016
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Black Bart Playhouse
580 S. Algiers Street
Murphys, CA 95222 United States
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Murphys Creek Theatre is a small, professionally oriented theatre company located in the charming and historic goldrush-era town of Murphys, in Calaveras County, California.