Shakespeare Marathon – Louisburg College

Louisburg College presents Measure for Measure on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 3 pm, in NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC.

DIRECTOR : Walter Hurst
Isabella – Emily Best
Mariana – Judy McCord
Juliet – Sharon Pait
Francisca – Judy McCord
Mistress Overdone – MaryAnn Whittemore
Vincentio, The Duke – Walter Williamson
Angelo – Tanner Lagasca
Escapes – Wally Hurst
Claudio – Bowen Lester
Pompey Bum – Mac McCord
Lucio – Joshua Lindsey
Two gentlemen – Stuart Lamkin, Sharon Pait
The Provost – Mark LaBranche
Thomas and Peter – Mac McCord, Michael Cook
Elbow – Michael Cook
Froth, Servant – Stuart Lamkin
Abhors – MaryAnn Whittemore
Bernardino – Stuart Lamkin

ABOUT THE PLAY :  Human nature and the law often collide in Measure for Measure. As the play begins, the duke of Vienna announces he is going away and puts his deputy Angelo in charge of the state. Angelo immediately enforces a law prohibiting sex outside of marriage, sentencing Claudio to death for sleeping with Juliet, Claudio’s now-pregnant fiancée.

Claudio’s sister Isabella, a novice nun, appeals to Angelo to save her brother. But the supposedly pure Angelo demands that Isabella sleep with him to save Claudio. To Claudio’s dismay, Isabella refuses.

The duke, who has remained in Vienna disguised as a friar, suggests that Angelo’s jilted fiancée, Mariana, could take Isabella’s place. Although the trick succeeds, Angelo orders Claudio beheaded anyway. The duke saves Claudio, but he tells Isabella that Claudio is dead.

The duke, resuming his identity, sentences Angelo to wed Mariana and then be put to death. But Mariana and Isabella plead for Angelo’s life. Revealing that Claudio is alive, the duke pardons Angelo and proposes to Isabella.

Folger Shakespeare Library. “Measure For Measure.” Folger Shakespeare Library. n.d. Web. April 1, 2016.

Early printed texts