Shakespeare’s darkest comedy tackles the twin evils of power and corruption with outrageous humor, giving hope to the hopeless and courage to the powerless. His city caught in a moral free-fall, the Duke of Vienna hands over power to Lord Angelo, who enforces long-dormant codes of chastity with zealous fervor. When Isabella, a pious young nun, pleads for the life of her condemned brother, Angelo’s response is surprisingly sensual — revealing a web of desire, deception, and hypocrisy that infects every corner of society.
The Mainstage festival production features visiting professional guest artists and Grand Valley students. Guest actors include: Gary Mitchell, who will play Escalus, previously performed as Leonato in Much Ado about Nothing, and Polonius in Hamlet, Grand Valley alum Kyle Westmaas, who will play The Provost and serve as an assistant director for the production, performed as Egeon in The Comedy of Errors and as a student as Don Armado in Love’s Labour’s Lost and Rosencrantz in Hamlet, and made his Grand Valley debut as a member of the ensemble in the previous festival production of Measure for Measure; and Christopher Weaver, who will play Duke Vincentio, performed as Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Jachimo in Cymbeline, Boyet in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Claudius in Hamlet, and Elbow and Friar Peter Measure for Measure and was the assistant director for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Also joining the production are guest professional stage manager Amelia Crist and guest scenic and lighting designer David Leugs.
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