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Shakespeare comedy ‘Measure for Measure’ at Marywood University on Feb. 27-28

Shakespeare comedy ‘Measure for Measure’ at Marywood University on Feb. 27-28
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From a press release:

Marywood University’s theatre program will present William Shakespeare‘s “Measure for Measure” on Feb. 27-28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts in Scranton.

Produced and guest-directed by David Zarko, he also adapted the script for nine actors who collectively portray 18 characters while keeping the full plot intact.

When the Duke of Vicenza mysteriously turns over his government to the puritanical Angelo, the primary concerns of state begin to revolve around moral conduct. Young Claudio, whose fiancé is with child, is sentenced to death as a demonstration of the strict new regime. Claudio’s sister Isabella, a novitiate of unwavering virtue, is called upon to save her brother.

The play is set in Vicenza, and this production will imagine that city during the Bell Époque, when the music was lush, the styles extravagant, and the culture heady and unpredictable.

Dr. Erin Sadlack of Marywood’s English Department contributes as dramaturge, and the Music Program’s Sr. Joan McCusker has composed a musical setting for one of Shakespeare’s songs. Members of the creative team include Patrick Toomey, technical director and scenic designer; Robert Lozada, lighting designer; Mary Ann Swords-Greene, costume designer; James Langan, sound designer; Conor McGuigan, music director; Janice Tellier, scene painter; and Linn McDonald, choreographer. Judy Snyder is the production manager, Ryan Houser is the stage manager, and Dr. Paulette Merchel is the interim Theatre Program director.

The cast includes Markis Blackwell, Darren Cementina, Kenneth Doyle, Nick Grevera, Amanda Hirschler, Jade Litaker, Jessica Lochie, Anthony Munar, and Cara Nardone. The production staff includes Tiffany Atkins, Gwen Baier, Rebecca Darling, Dana Jackson, Miranda Micciche, Travis Murray, and Kristin Stewart.

Tickets for the Marywood (2300 Adams Ave., Scranton) shows are $10 for regular admission, $8 for seniors, $6 for students, and free for IHM Sisters and for those with Marywood ID. For reservations, call 570-348-6211, ext. 6097.

Photo by J. Synder, courtesy of Marywood University: Pictured, from left, Darren Cementina, Kenneth Doyle, and Cara Nardone.