Shakespeare's darkest comedy, and his last, Measure for Measure takes us deep into the underbelly of a city where authority is absent and the scales of justice are becoming increasingly unbalanced. In Venice, where out play begins, brothels and ale houses are thriving, and the law has become "more mocked than feared," so the Duke decides to take a holiday, leaving behind him a proclamation to tear down the brothels and reform the city's morality. To enforce the new strictness, the Duke appoints as deputy, the Lord Angelo, who, he says, "Stands at a guard with envy, scarce confesses / That his blood flows or that his appetite / Is more to bread than stone."
Tackling with outrageous humor the twin evils of power and corruption, this play somehow gives hope to the hopeless and courage to the powerless, making it perhaps the most modern and relevant of Shakespeare's social comedies.
The production features a cast of Grand Valley students and local guest actors Christopher Weaver, Gary Mitchell, and Kyle Westmaas.
Recommended for ages 8 and up. No children under school age admitted.
Gary Mitchell as Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing 2013
Christopher Weaver as Jachimo in Cymbeline in 2007
Kyle Westmaas as Egeon in The Comedy of Errors 2014
September 30 and October 7....................................... 6:45 p.m.
Van Solkema Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus
Opening Night Reception
There will be a free, public reception following the opening night performance of Measure for Measure in the Pere Marquette room of Kirkhof Center. The reception will include a cash bar and is free and open to the public with presentation of ticket from the opening night performance.
Secondary School Matinees
October 3, 4, and 6.................................................. 10 a.m.
Student matinee performances are for area secondary schools who pre-register to attend the performances. For registration information or questions, visit our Schools page