2013 Productions

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Measure for Measure is a dark comedy of power, sex and morality.  The Duke of Vienna turns the reins of power over to his protégé Angelo to enforce long-neglected codes of moral conduct.  When a novice nun comes to plead for the life of her condemned brother, Angelo’s shockingly hypocritical response is to make an ‘indecent proposal’ that leaves Isabella to choose between her brother’s life and her salvation.  Isabella’s only ally is a friar, in reality the Duke in disguise, and he has a plan.  CSF Artistic Director Tyson Douglas Rand sets the play in a Vienna reminiscent of New Orleans, with the competing strains of gospel and jazz music in the air.

 

The Two Gentlemen of Verona is Shakespeare’s earliest comedy but includes many of the same elements we recognize from his later plays – cross-dressing disguises, madcap comic servants, witty banter and absurd love triangles. Young Proteus bids a tearful goodbye to Verona and his girlfriend Julia to join his lifelong friend Valentine in service of the Duke of Milan, where he immediately falls in love with Valentine’s beloved, Silvia.  Julia dresses as a boy, travels to Milan and is employed as Proteus’ page, where she finds herself in the unenviable position of being the liaison between her boyfriend and his new girlfriend.  Director Pandora Robertson adds a fairytale setting and a physical style reminiscent of Commedia dell’Arte.

 

Measure for Measure opens Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 on the Quad at Notre Dame College in South Euclid.  Two Gentlemen of Verona opens the following Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 in the same location.

 

Both shows will continue in repertory  (Measure for Measure on Saturdays and Two Gentlemen of Verona on Sundays) at various outdoor locations throughout Northeast Ohio including:

 

Fri 6/14:     Measure for Measure  

                     Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road, South Euclid, OH 44121

Sat 6/15:   Measure for Measure  

                     Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road, South Euclid, OH 44121

Fri 6/21:     Two Gentlemen of Verona 

                     Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road, South Euclid, OH 44121

Sat 6/22:   Two Gentlemen of Verona 

                     Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road, South Euclid, OH 44121

Sat 6/29:    Measure for Measure

                     Kulas Stage at Wade Oval, 1 Wade Oval Drive, University Circle, Cleveland, OH, 44107

Sun 6/30: Two Gentlemen of Verona        

                     Kulas Stage at Wade Oval, 1 Wade Oval Drive, University Circle, Cleveland, OH, 44107

Sat 7/6:     Measure for Measure

                     The James A. Garfield National Historic Site, 8095 Mentor Ave, Mentor, OH, 44060

Sun 7/7:    Two Gentlemen of Verona

Penitentiary Glen Nature Center, 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094

Sat 7/13:    Measure for Measure

                     Shaker Heights Community Colonnade, 3450 Lee Rd., Shaker Heights, OH, 44120

Sun 7/14: Two Gentlemen of Verona

                     Shaker Heights Community Colonnade, 3450 Lee Rd., Shaker Heights, OH, 44120

Sat 7/20:    Measure for Measure

                     LCCC Stocker Center for the Arts, 1005 Abbe Rd., Elyria, OH,  44035

Sun 7/21: Two Gentlemen of Verona

LCCC Stocker Center for the Arts, 1005 Abbe Rd., Elyria, OH,  44035

Sat 7/27:    Measure for Measure

                     Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave., Lakewood, OH, 44107

Sun 7/28: Two Gentlemen of Verona

                     Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave., Lakewood, OH, 44107

Sat 8/3:      Measure for Measure

                     Tremont –  Lincoln Park, 1208 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44113

Sun 8/4:    Two Gentlemen of Verona

                     Tremont –  Lincoln Park, 1208 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44113

 

All shows start at 7:00 pm. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and seat themselves prior to each outdoor performance.  Rain spaces have been secured for every venue except Wade Oval, allowing performances to proceed rain or shine.