Play in the Park

Each summer the department teams up with the Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company (CCTC), to present their Free Theater in the Parks Program in White's Road Park.

THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2019
William Shakespeare's
measure for measure
Directed by kay richardson

The city is adrift in moral decay. The Duke decides to go undercover as a holy man, leaving his holier than thou deputy, Angelo, in charge to harshly enforce the strict morality laws of the city. Angelo begins his rule by making an example of Claudio, sentencing him to death for getting his fiancé with child. Claudio’s sister Isabella, a young novitiate, pleads for his life. Hypocritically, Angelo agrees to spare Claudio but at great cost to Isabella. She has an impossible choice to make. Give up her innocence or give up her brother for execution.

In Shakespeare's bawdy and witty, dark comedy, questions of mercy, justice, corruption of power, and religious hypocrisy are explored in a thrilling story line seemingly made for today. What are the human consequences of power in the wrong hands? How can the scales of justice and mercy be leveled fairly and humanely? Join us in exploring the questions that lay at the passionate heart of William Shakespeare's timeless and timely work, Measure for Measure.