“Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall,” proclaims Shakespeare in “Measure for Measure,” coming to The Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times for this dark comedy are: Friday, June 23 and 30 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 24 and July 1 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 25 and July 2 at 2 p.m.
Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on June 23.
Set in Vienna, “Measure for Measure” explores some of society’s big moral questions – the abuse of power and merciful justice, hypocrisy and virtue, and forgiveness and repentance. Mistaken identities abound, as Shakespeare tells his morality tale with a cast of colorful characters including murderers, pimps, politicians, whores, nuns and nobles.
The cast features John Bergeron of Pennington as Duke Vincentio; Ray Fallon of Collingswood as Angelo; Christopher C. Gibbs of Fanwood as Escalus; John Fischer of Hamilton and Michael Krahel of Hillsborough sharing the role of Claudio; Andrew Timmes of Princeton as Lucio; Scott Karlin of West Windsor as Provost; Todd Gregoire of Levittown, Pa., as Friar Peter; Timothy Kirk of Delran as Pompey; Russ Walsh of Morrisville, Pa., as Elbow/Abhorson; Ernie Albanesius of Chesterfield as Froth/Barnardine; Morgan Petronis of Ewing as Isabella; Amanda McCarther of Princeton as Mariana; Kyla Mostello Donnelly of Levittown, Pa., as Mistress Overdone; Kelly Colleran of Wayne as Juliet; Erin Leder of Bordentown as Sister Francisca; and Jenna Burke of Ringwood as Kate Keepdown.
Says Stage Manager Lili Timmes, “‘Measure for Measure’ is a timely, scathing look at the distinction between good and evil and our perceptions of them both. Audiences can expect a take on Shakespeare’s work that will leave them questioning their own moral compasses while laughing their way out of the theater.”
United by a common love for classic theater, Shakespeare ’70 has produced 40 years of Shakespeare classics, spanning three generations of actors, directors and technical crew. For many years, the company has closed out the Kelsey Theatre season with one of the Bard’s great works.
In addition to Timmes, the production staff includes Director/Producer John F. Erath; Assistant Director Janet Quartarone, Production Manager Curt Foxworth, Assistant Stage Manager Samantha Miller; Assistant Production Manager Jenna Burke, and Technical Director Dale Simon.
Tickets for “Measure for Measure” are $18 for adults; $16 for seniors; and $14 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.
The summer season at Kelsey Theatre includes “42nd Street,” presented by M&M Stage Productions July 14 to 23 and “Annie Got Your Gun,” presented by The Yardley Players July 28 to August 6.