Measure for Measure

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The Baron’s Men will be performing Shakespeare’s classic comedy about sex scandals and government corruption, Measure for Measure, April 3,4, 10, 11, 16-18, and 23rd-25th 2015. An Original Practices performance with Elizabethan theatre appropriate costume, setting, and Shakespearean “Wooden O” style theatre by the lake in torchlight, the show offers a unique experience for Austinites to experience the Bard in an historic setting.

The play is one of the lesser known classic Shakespearean comedies wherein an empowered nun’s love for her jailed brother leads her first to a dark pact with a corrupt official, then to an eventual relationship with the soft-willed but fair Duke. A Duke who happens to be moonlighting as a monk and who crosses paths with a pimp who speaks in nothing but double entente. Somewhere in there is an Elbow, a pregnant teen, a lover scorned, and a severed head for good measure. It’s themes of power leading to corruption, sex as an alternate form of power, and a bold but virtuous heroine that pushes a charge for change seem to be ripped from the current headlines and are interlaced with the early modern comedic elements that The Baron’s Men have become known for.

In addition to the show, The Baron’s Men will also be hosting both a corresponding four course Viennese feast to commemorate Shakespeare’s 451st birthday and the announcement of their 15th season on April 18th, and co-hosting Lysts on the Lake, a full-contact equestrian jousting tournament April 24th-26th with a’Plaissance.

 

Show Dates                                                          Show Times
Weekend 1 – April 3 & 4                                            7:00 PM – Box Office & The Queen’s Table open
Weekend 2 – April 10 & 11                                        7:30 PM – Patron Seating area opens
Weekend 3 – April 16, 17, & 18                                 8:00 PM – Show begins
Weekend 4 – April 23, 24, & 25

 

CREW
DIRECTOR- Leanna Holmquist*
FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER- Michael O’Keefe*
MARKETING PRODUCER- Katy Thompson*
MONEY PRODUCER- Aaron Niemuth*
MUSIC DIRECTOR- Cindy Shaufenbuel*
STAGE MANAGER- Edwin Wise*
STITCHERS: Dawn Allee*, Cherie Weed*, Pam Martin*, Victoria Kelly, Katy Thompson*, Katrina Anderson*

CAST
ABHORSON – Chris Casey*
ANGELO – Charles P. Stites
BARNARDINE/OFFICER – Felix Ferris
CLAUDIO – Greg Griffin
DUKE –Robert Deike
ELBOW -Steve Cook
ESCALA -Victoria Kelly
FRANCISCA/PROSTITUTE- Stephanie Donowho
FRIARTHOMAS/FROTH – Heathcliff Lopez
GENTLEMAN/ATTENDANT/MONK- Dylan Blunk / Thomas Scruggs
ISABELLA- Kate Clark
JULIET -Joanna Casey*
JUSTICE/OFFICER– Jimmie Bragdon*
KATEKEEPDOWN/NUN – Erin Priddy
LUCIO –Ryan Wilson
MARIANA/NUN- Phoebe West
MISTRESS OVERDONE – Cherie Weed*
NUN/PROSTITUTE/YOUNG SINGER UNDERSTUDY – Dana Freeman
NUN/PROSTITUTE/ATTENDANT- Renee Keirstead*
POMPEY -Greg Stone
PROVOST -Gene Storie
YOUNG SINGER – Eliza Shaufenbuel

* Denotes Sharer status with The Baron’s Men