KINGSTON — The University of Rhode Island Department of Theatre will offer its modern take on Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” beginning Thursday, Feb. 22.
Shakespeare’s blackest comedy is set against a modern American city where crime, corruption and sex work run rampant. The city’s ruler has installed Angelo, a “tough-on-crime” deputy who resurrects dormant laws to curb the sexually permissive culture erupting throughout the city. When a pious nun begs mercy from Angelo for her condemned brother, he makes her a perverse bargain: surrender her body to him, or her brother to the gallows. Funny, audacious, and shockingly modern, “Measure for Measure” is a tale of political corruption, religious hypocrisy and the surprising measures a society must take to rebuild.
Rachel Walsh, a Rhodes Scholar and lecturer in the honors program and the department of theatre, will direct; set design is by Renee Suprenant, a University of Rhode Island alumna and visiting lecturer from Brown University; costume design is by URI Theatre majors Abigail Dufresne and Jennifer Stavrakas; lighting design is by guest artist Kathleen Giebler; and sound design is by guest artist Michael Hyde. Emily MacLean, a Chariho High School graduate, will play Isabella.
Performances of “Measure for Measure” will run Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, Feb. 22 through Feb. 24 and March 1 through March 3, at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. on Feb. 25 and March 4, in J Studio of the Fine Arts Center at 105 Upper College Road on the Kingston Campus.
General admission is $20 and $15 for students, university faculty and staff, and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit web.uri.edu/theatre or call 401-874-5843.