GV Shakespeare Festival presents Measure for Measure

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2016 Shakespeare Festival


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Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival’s presents

Measure for Measure

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Roger Ellis

September 30 - October 9, 2016

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 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.

September 30*, October 1*, 6** & 7 . . . . . . 7:30 p.m.      Join us this Friday night in the Performing Arts Center's VanSolkema room for an Informance! It's free at 6:45pm! 

October 2*, 8 & 9   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:00 p.m.

October  3, 4 & 6  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m.***

*Great Laker Weekend                              

**Sign language interpretation available.

***High school performances only. Thursday, Oct. 6 performance is SOLD OUT!

For tickets call the Louis Armstrong Theatre Box Office at 616-331-2300 or purchase them through Startickets at http://startickets.com/events/item/measure-for-measure

Adults $14.00, Alumni/Seniors/Faculty/Staff $12.00, Students/groups $6.00

Tickets at the door are $1.00 additional. Tickets are all reserved seating.

Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure

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Measure for Measure

September 30, October 2, 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m. October 3, 8, 9 at 2 p.m.

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. 

*High and middle school performances are available to schools only. Tickets for students and chaperones are $2.50 and include the performance and a box lunch. For more information or questions, contact lanejack@gvsu.edu. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and seating is limited in the Louis Armstrong Theatre so don't delay! For registration information, please go here: http://www.gvsu.edu/shakes/schools-26.htm#Registration

*Watch this site for more details on:

- Bard To Go: Macbeth touring performances to area high and middle schools

- Guest Scholar-in-Residence and our bi-annual conference Keynote Speaker:  Phyllis Rankin

- Conference for teachers and Shakespeare scholars: Pedagogy & Performance, October 7 & 8:  http://www.gvsu.edu/cms4/asset/AFE45DA6-04DB-F27F-28CEC7DBE66738E5/shakespeare_2016_conference.jpg

- Our annual student Shakespeare competition awards November 5 at the Loosemore Auditorium

- Our Greenshow performances in conjunction with the Shakespeare Festival and Grand Valley's Renaissance Festival

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. (*October 6 performance is sold out!)
Student matinee performances are for area secondary schools who pre-register to attend the performances. For registration information or questions,  visit our Schools page

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