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Preview: Measure for Measure (Peace College Theatre)

February 9, 2004 - Raleigh, NC:


Measure for Measure (Peace College Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11-14 and 16-18 in Leggett Theatre on the second floor of the Main Building, 15 E. Peace St., Raleigh, NC) is an all-female(?) collegiate production of a classic "dark" comedy written by English dramatist William Shakespeare (1564-1616) and directed by Peace College associate professor of theatre Dr. Kenny C. Gannon. Based on the two-part drama Promos and Cassandra (1578) by English dramatist and poet George Whetstone (1544-87) and the mixed tragedy Epitia (1583) by Italian playwright Giambattista Giraldi (a.k.a. Cinthio, 1504-73), Measure for Measure was first performed in 1604-05. Gannon writes that the Peace College Theatre production of "Shakespeare's nihilistic and challenging play [is set] in the midst of a sanitarium for the criminally insane in Freudian Vienna." He adds, "[Measure for Measure] centers on the fate of Claudio, who is arrested by Lord Angelo, the temporary leader of Vienna. Angelo is left in charge by the Duke, who pretends to leave town but instead dresses as a friar to observe the goings-on in his absence. Angelo is strict, moralistic and unwavering in his decision-making; he decides that there is too much freedom in Vienna and takes it upon himself to rid the city of brothels and unlawful sexual activity. Laws against these behaviors and institutions already exist, and Angelo simply decides to enforce them more strictly. Claudio is arrested for impregnating Juliet, his lover, before they were married. He is sentenced to death to serve as an example to the other Viennese citizens." In addition to director Kenny Gannon, the show's production team includes choreographer Lissa Brennan, puppet-show director Nicole Quenelle, technical director Thomas Mauney, scenic designer Sonya Drum, lighting designer Paul B. Marsland, costume designer Judy Chang, sound designer Rick Parker, and composer and arranger Glenn Mehrbach, who created original music and arranged songs for the show. Guest artists include Brennan, Quenelle, Jay O'Berski, and Peace alumna Maggie Cochran. Gannon says Peace students "LaTrish Johnson, Gina Kelly, Kathryn Fuller, Jessica Bouffard, Christin Barton, Melli Lopresti, and Michele Cannon [will play] a variety of roles." For more information on Peace College Theatre, visit http://www.peace.edu/theatre/. For tickets, telephone 919/508-2051 or e-mail kgannon@peace.edu.