Stetson University presents Measure for Measure, by William Shakespeare, November 13th-15th at 8 p.m. and 16th at 3 p.m., in Stetson Theatre Arts’ “Second Stage,” located inside the Museum of Art, 600 N. Woodland Blvd.
The plot of Measure for Measure begins in a fairly straightforward manner: The Duke of Vienna has let law enforcement lapse in certain “sinful” areas (drinking, prostitution, sex outside marriage, etc.), and since he would prefer to be remembered as a kind Duke, he appoints Angelo, a man with a solid reputation to enforce the old harsh laws while he disguises himself as a friar to monitor the situation. The plot thickens when young Claudio gets his fiancee Juliet pregnant before they are married, and the punishment for his crime is beheading. When his lovely sister Isabella, who is on the verge of becoming a nun, tries to change Angelo’s mind, he offers her a bargain: sleep with him and he will let Claudio free.
The rest of the play is a compelling story of sexual intrigue, scandal, and retribution, seasoned with scenes of comic relief. Shakespeare uses disguise, buffoonery and mercy measured against overzealous judgment, deceit and desire to bring the intricate tale to a happy yet ironic ending.
Admission for this performance is $12 for Adults and $10 for seniors and students. (Stetson students, faculty and staff are admitted free with a valid ID.) Special rates are available for large groups. Tickets will be available at the door and reserved tickets must be picked up 30 minutes prior to the start of the show. Box office will be open one hour prior to curtain.
For information or reservations, call Stetson Theatre’s “Second Stage” box office at (386) 822-8700.