Maryland Shakespeare Festival’s 2010-11 Season in Exile continues with a tale of exploitation and lust in Measure for Measure, running for two performances only: Saturday, November 20th at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 21st at 2 p.m.
After playing the season opener, The Merchant of Venice, to sold-out houses, Maryland Shakespeare Festival’s professional company returns to Frederick to take on one of Shakespeare’s darkest comedies. As always in Maryland Shakespeare Festival’s smash-hit Bare Bard Experimental Series, the cast will rehearse for one day only. Actors from across the country arrive in Frederick on Friday evening with their lines already memorized, and by Saturday evening, they are ready to perform the full production before an audience—with exciting improvisational acting, audience interaction, live music, choreographed dances, and unbeatable storytelling.
Often dubbed a “problem play” for presenting two sides of a perhaps irresolvable moral debate, Measure for Measure casts uproarious drunks, corrupted politicians, and virtuous maidens side by side. What choice will the young nun Isabella make when the politician Angelo demands her virginity in exchange for her brother’s life? Will reason prevail, or is Measure for Measure proof that “politics as usual” is at least as old as Shakespeare?
Find out how “some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall” on Saturday, November 20th at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 21st at 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 21 North Court Street (enter through the blue doors on Court Street). Sunday’s performance will be followed by what promises to be a spirited post-show discussion. No two performances are ever the same, so come twice! $15 suggested donation at the door. Seats fill quickly, so reserve in advance by emailing Karen@mdshakes.org or by calling (301) 668-4090. Click here for parking information and directions. Individuals requesting accommodations for a disability, please contact the MSF offices at (301) 668-4090 at least 48 hours before the event.