The Duke's authoritarian deputy, Angelo, is hell-bent on stamping out moral decay. He reactivates outdated Draconian laws and aims his arrogant crosshairs at a young man whose fiancée is pregnant, sentencing him to death. Angelo is sternly incorruptible—until he meets Isabela, a beautiful religious novice whose desirability arouses him. Flavored with live music by the mariachi band Las Colibri, Rauch's vigorous, modern production of Shakespeare's tragicomedy reveals what can happen when sex, religion and politics collide.
Age recommendation: Shakespeare's tragicomedy explores restraint and lack of restraint. It is a compelling mix of the things we're still obsessed with—morality, religion and politics. It is best suited for mature 14-year-olds and up. Prologue recommended. Please view our full age recommendation here.
This production of Measure for Measure is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national theatre initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest.
Feb 18 -Nov 6, 2011
Angnes Bowmer Theater
Oregon Shakespare Festival, Ashland, Oregon
Run Time: Two hours and 51 minutes; includes one 15 minute intermission.
For information see www.osfashland.org