Bare Theatre’s production will delight; it is Shakespeare with a dash of Paris thrown in, for good measure!”
– Alan R. Hall, CVNC (Read the full review here)
Don’t miss it.”
– Pamela Vesper & Kurt Benrud, Triangle Arts & Entertainment (Read the full review here)
…vibrant, intelligent staging in downtown Chapel Hill’s Varsity Theatre.”
– Roy C. Dicks, The News & Observer (Read the full review here)
Director Bev Schieman imaginatively directed this production, interspersing lines from T.S. Eliot’s poetry and Nancy Cunard’s with the Shakespearean dialogue, to reference the “Lost Generation” expatriates to Paris after the First World War.
– Martha Keravuori & Chuck Galle, Triangle Arts & Entertainment (Read the full review here)
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Beverly Schieman
March 19 – April 4, 2015
The Varsity Theatre
123 East Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC
Is this her fault or mine?
The tempter or the tempted, who sins most?”
Bare Theatre transports one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays” – concerning desire, sexuality, and social norms – to 1920’s Paris, staging the play inside a historic movie house in Chapel Hill that was built in 1927.
Duke Vincentio has placed his city in the charge of a strict judge, Angelo, who means to rule firmly in the duke’s absence and adhere to utmost purity. He decides to make an example of one Claudio, who has impregnated a maid out of wedlock. Isabella, Claudio’s sister and a novice nun, devises a clever but risky scheme to trick Angelo and save her brother.
In one of Shakespeare’s most unique creations, Measure for Measure blends soaring comedy and probing drama into a play that questions our values and our judgements.
Check out the Kickstarter video in which director Beverly Schieman talks about the 1920s setting and the importance of women in this production:
Check out our video featurette in which Stephen Wall, Rebecca Blum, and Seth Blum discuss the show:
This production is sponsored by the Downtown Partnership of Chapel Hill, and is part of the Wherefore: Shakespeare in Raleigh series sponsored by WUNC 91.5 and the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau. Bare Theatre would also like to thank Triangle ArtWorks for their assistance in bringing this production to Chapel Hill.
Duke Vincentio: Matt Schedler
Escalus: Joanna Herath
Angelo: Seth Blum
Lucio: Stephen Wall
First Gentleman/Froth/Friar Peter: Ryan Sheehe
Second Gentleman/Abhorson/Friar Thomas: Nick Iamatteo
Mistress Overdone/Francisca: Arin Dickson
Pompey: Tara Nicole Williams
Isabella: Rebecca Blum
Provost: Lucinda Gainey
Claudio: Victor Rivera
Juliet: Pimpila Violette
Elbow/Barnardine: Jake Scheffer
Mariana: Michelle Johnson
Director: Beverly Schieman
Assistant Director: Stephen Wall
Stage Manager: Beth Roberts
Costume Designer & Coordinator: Karen Williams
Physical Choreographer: Heather J. Strickland
Lighting Designer: Adam York
Sound Designer/Video Engineer: John Maruca
Set Coordinator: Becky Olson
Video – Dream Sequence: Michael Babbitt (Bombshell Studios)
Video – Kickstarter/Pompey: Arthur Earnest
Poster Image/Promotional Photography: Douglas Lally
Poster Skin Art: Eh Tha Say
Promotional Photography: Hitesh Nauhria
Promotional Photography: Ron Yorgason
Producer/Video Assistant: G. Todd Buker
Producer: G. Todd Buker
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