Theatre department to offer 'Measure for Measure'

Lies, morality, politics and justice are woven together in Shakespeare’s tragicomedy “Measure for Measure,” the theatre department’s final production of the 2004-05 season. The play will open April 22 in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

The show is “a play about the feverish human search for a law to live a life by,” according to director Mark Cole, professor and chair of SUNY Oswego’s theatre department.

“The setting of the production will be the early 17th century. Johan Godwaldt designs the sets. Kitty Macey, assisted by senior theatre majors Kayla Greeley and Kate Dolan, designs the costumes that will evoke the style of the early Baroque period,” Cole noted. “Lighting design is by senior theatre major Greg Brewster. The music for the song ‘Take, Oh Take Those Lips Away’ is composed by Julie Pretzat, chair of the music department.”

“Measure for Measure” follows Vincentio, the duke of Vienna, who apparently leaves to fight a war in Poland to escape the responsibility of enforcing the city’s laws regarding immorality. He hands over his authority to the severe judge Angelo. The duke, however, remains in Vienna, disguised as a friar to observe how Angelo will carry out the plan for reformation. In order to demonstrate his absolute authority, the judge has Claudio arrested for getting his fiancee Juliet pregnant, a crime punishable by death.

Cast in the production are Zach Levin as Vincentio, the duke; Michael Climek as Angelo; Ryan Sprague as Escalus, a lord attending on the duke; Brian Heyman as Claudio; Steven Screws as Elbow, a simple constable; Steve Mazzoccone as Lucio, an eccentric; Nathaniel Angstrom, as Pompey, a tapster; Greg Salmon as Friar Peter and Froth; Ryan Oliver as Barnadine; and Brian O’Hare and Michael Padilla as officers.

The women of the play are Samantha Mason as Isabella, Claudio’s sister; Meaghan Thaney as Mariana, the woman betrothed to Angelo; Kathryn Kobos as Francisca, a nun; Allison Kleber as Juliet, the beloved of Claudio; Kathryn Schwartz as Mistress Overdone; and Megan McGarvey and Lucaya Luckey-Bethany playing multiple roles in the ensemble.

A preview performance of “Measure for Measure” will have an 8 p.m. curtain time on Thursday, April 21, with all seats priced at $5.

The show’s run will continue with 8 p.m. showings April 22, 23 and 30. A Sunday matinee will begin at 2 p.m. May 1. Tickets cost $10 ($9 for seniors and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students).

Due to mature themes, the play is suggested for ages 16 and above.

For information or reservations, contact Tyler Hall box office at or 312-2141.

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CONTACT: Kelly Cullinan, 312-3097

(Posted: Mar 23, 2005)