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Measure for Measure

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The Duke of Vienna goes undercover as a friar in order to curb his city’s rampant immorality, leaving his puritanical deputy, Angelo, in charge. Angelo makes an example of Claudio, who faces death for premarital sex. Claudio convinces his sister Isabella, who is preparing to be a nun, to appeal to Angelo on his behalf. In defending his decision, Angelo must confront the lust that he feels for the virginal Isabella. In the end, Isabella recognizes her love for Angelo. They marry, and her brother is saved.

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Creative team

by

William Shakespeare

Directed by

Andrei Belgrader

Directed by

Andrei Belgrader

Andrei Belgrader is well known to American Repertory Theater audiences for his productions of Loot, We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!, Ubu Rock, The Servant of Two Masters, Rameau's Nephew, The Bald Soprano and the Chairs, Waiting for Godot (for which he received the Boston Circle Critics Awards for Best Play and Best Director for 1982/1983), Measure for Measure, and As You Like It. Since arriving from his native Romania in 1978, Mr. Belgrader has directed several off-Broadway productions, including Waiting for Godot, Scapin, Woyzeck, and Troilus and Cressida. At Yale Repertory Theatre he directed Molière's Scapin, which he adapted with Shelly Berc and Rusty Magee and was subsequently performed at Classic Stage Company in New York and American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. His other credits at Yale Repertory Theatre include John Guare's Moon Over Miami, The Miser, As You Like It, Alfred Jarry's Ubu Rex, the American premiere of Dario Fo's About Face, Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw, and Gogol's Marriage. At the Goodman Theatre in Chicago he directed Beckett's Happy Days. Mr. Belgrader also worked at the West Bank Cafe, where he directed Qunicy Long's Korea and Tom Eyen's The White Whore and The Bit Player, which was subsequently performed at the Edinburgh Festival and then moved to two London theaters. For the Double Image Theatre, he directed Ondine and Brendan Cole's Tenth Avenue Tales. With Shelley Berc, Mr. Belgrader also adapted Rameau's Nephew and directed the original production for the Classic Stage Company in New York. For the Norwegian State Theatre, he directed Nikolai Erdman's Suicide. Mr. Belgrader also directed several episodes of Coach for MCA Universal.

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Set design by

Douglas Stein

Set design by

Douglas Stein

ART: Oedipus, Endgame, Jacques and his Master, Measure for Measure. Broadway credits include Dirty Blonde, Falsettos, Our Town, Fool Moon, Timon of Athens, The Government Inspector, The Molière Comedies, and John Leguizamo's Freak. Off-Broadway credits include the original productions of March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, 36 Views (Lucille Lortel Award), Bill Irwin’s The Regard of Flight, Scapin, and Texts for Nothing (Obie Award), Franz Xaver Kroetz's Through the Leaves (Obie Award), Edward Bond's Saved (Obie Award),  Tarell McCraney’s The Brothers Size, and Lemon Andersen’s County of Kings.  He has designed for all the major regional theaters including a ten-year association with Garland Wright and the Guthrie Theater.  His designs for opera and dance include Philip Glass & Susan Marshall's adaptation of Jean Cocteau's Les Enfants Terribles (BAM) and Susan Marshall’s Sleeping Beauty (Bessie Award). A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, he has taught at New York University, Princeton University, the School of Visual Arts in New York City and Fordham University and has served on the boards of Theatre Communications Group and Theatre For a New Audience.

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Costume design by

Kurt Wilhelm

Lighting design by

Jennifer Tipton

Music composed and directed by

William Uttley

Cast

Duke

Roger Stattel

Duke

Roger Stattel

Escalus

Jeremy Geidt

Escalus

Jeremy Geidt

A.R.T. Senior Actor, founding member of the Yale Repertory Theatre and the A.R.T. Yale: more than 40 productions (including The Seagull). A.R.T.: 100 productions including The Seagull (three turns as Sorin), Julius Caesar, Three Sisters, The Onion Cellar, Major Barbara (Undershaft), Heartbreak House (Shotover), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Quince four times, Snug once), Henry IV (Falstaff), Twelfth Night (Toby Belch), The Caretaker (Davies), The Homecoming (Max), Loot (Truscott), Man and Superman (Mendoza/Devil), Waiting for Godot (Vladimir), The Threepenny Opera (Peacham/Petey), Ivanov (Lebedev), Three Sisters (Chebutkin), Buried Child (Dodge), The Cherry Orchard (Gaev) and The King Stag (Pantelone). Teaches at Harvard College, Harvard’s Summer and Extension Schools and at the A.R.T/MXAT Institute. Trained at the Old Vic Theatre School and subsequently taught there. Acted at the Old Vic, Young Vic, The Royal Court, in the West End, in films and television and has been hosting his own show “The Caravan” for the BBC for five years. Came to the U.S. with the satirical revue The Establishment and acted on and off Broadway, at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and at the Lincoln Center Festival. Lectured on Shakespeare in India and the Netherlands Theatre School. Received the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Boston Actor and the Jason Robards Award for Dedication to the Theatre.

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Angelo

Tony Shalhoub

Angelo

Tony Shalhoub

Tony Shalhoub most recently appeared at the American Repertory Theater in the role of Bobby in The Old Neighborhood, having appeared previously in eighteen A.R.T. productions over four seasons. His roles included He in Diderot's Rameau's Nephew (which he also played off-Broadway), Pozzo in Waiting for Godot (1983), Joseph Surface in The School for Scandal, Angelo in Measure for Measure, Solyony in Three Sisters, Spear in the premiere of Rundown, and The Son in Six Characters in Search of an Author. A 1980 graduate of the Yale School of Drama, he performed in seven productions at the Yale Repertory Theatre, appearing as Vince in Buried Child, and Crotch and General Laskey in Ubu Rex. Tony has appeared on Broadway in The Heidi Chronicles and Conversations with My Father (Tony Award nomination), in Zero Positive and For Dear Life at the Public Theater, and Richard III and Henry IV, Part I at Shakespeare-in-the-Park. Other resident credits include Progress at the Long Wharf Theatre, and Rum and Coke at Coconut Grove. Film credits include the highly acclaimed Big Night opposite Stanley Tucci, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Honeymoon in Vegas, Barton Fink, Longtime Companion, and Quick Change. On television, Mr. Shalhoub played Ian Stark on the NBC series Stark Raving Mad, and was a regular cast member on the long-running series Wings.  He has also appeared in The Equalizer, Spencer for Hire, and numerous TV movies including Day One, in which he portrayed Enrico Fermi.

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Lucio/Abhorson

Thomas Derrah

Lucio/Abhorson

Thomas Derrah

A.R.T.: 119 productions, including R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Myster) OF THE UNIVERSE (R. Buckminster Fuller), Cabaret (Fraulein Schneider), Endgame (Clov), The Seagull (Dorn), Oliver Twist (also at Theatre for a New Audience and Berkeley Repertory Theatre), The Birthday Party (Stanley), Highway Ulysses (Ulysses), Uncle Vanya (Vanya), Marat/Sade (Marquis de Sade), Richard II (Richard). Broadway: Jackie: An American Life (23 roles). Off-Broadway: Johan Padan (Johan), Big Time (Ted).  Tours with the Company across the U.S., with residencies in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and throughout Europe, Canada, Israel, Taiwan, Japan and Moscow, and has recently been performing Julius Caesar in France. Other: I Am My Own Wife, Boston TheatreWorks; Approaching Moomtaj, New Repertory Theatre; Twelfth Night and The Tempest, Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.; London’s Battersea Arts Center; five productions at Houston’s Alley Theatre, including Our Town (Dr. Gibbs, directed by José Quintero); and many theatres throughout the U.S. Awards: 1994 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, 2000 and 2004 IRNE Awards for Best Actor, 1997 Los Angeles DramaLogue Award (for title role of Shlemiel the First). Television: Julie Taymor’s film Fool’s Fire (PBS American Playhouse), "Unsolved Mysteries," "Del and Alex" (Alex, A&E Network). Film: Mystic River (directed by Clint Eastwood), The Pink Panther II. He is on the faculty of the A.R.T. Institute, teaches acting at Harvard University and Emerson College, and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

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Gentleman/Officer

Hugh D’Autremont

Gentleman/Officer

Hugh D’Autremont

Mistress Overdone/Mariana

Karen MacDonald

Mistress Overdone/Mariana

Karen MacDonald

Irina Nikolayevna Arkadina in The Seagull. A.R.T.: founding member, sixty-six productions including Elena Ceausescu in The Communist Dracula Pageant, When It's Hot, It's Cole, Luisa in Cardenio, Margrethe Bohr in Copenhagen, Kitty Farmer in Donnie Darko, A Marvelous Party!, Mrs. Bumble in Oliver Twist (also at Theatre for A New Audience and Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Island of Slaves, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Estelle in No Exit, Ellen in Olly's Prison, Anna in Dido, Queen of Carthage, Madamoiselle in The Provok'd Wife, Frosine in The Miser, Meg in The Birthday Party, Hippolyta/Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, several roles in Highway Ulysses, Kalonika in Lysistrata, Simonne Evrard in Marat/Sade, Emilia in Othello, the Duchess of Gloucester and Duchess of York in Richard II, the title role in Mother Courage, and Madam Yelena Popov/Nastasya in Three Farces and a Funeral. She has also appeared as Paulina in The Winter's Tale, Translator/Ursula in Full Circle, Zinaida in Ivanov, Anaïs Nin in The Idiots Karamazov, The Maid in Charlie in the House of Rue, Eileen in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Enone in Phaedra, Margaret Brennan in The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Female Interviewer in Valparaiso, Beline in The Imaginary Invalid, the Chorus Leader in The Bacchae, Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan and Wendy, Mrs. Pierson in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Gena in The Wild Duck, Smeraldina in The King Stag, Karen in Six Characters in Search of an Author, and in Big River, School for Scandal, and Baby With the Bathwater. New York: Roundabout Theatre, Second Stage, Playwright's Horizons, and Actors' Playhouse. Regional: The Misanthrope (Arsinöe, Berkshire Theatre Festival), Infestation (Mother, Boston Playwrights Theatre), Twelfth Night (Maria, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Maureen) and The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Boo, Vineyard Playhouse), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Martha, Elliot Norton Award) and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Frankie, Merrimack Repertory Theatre), As You Like It (Rosalind, Shakespeare & Co), Shirley Valentine (Shirley, Charles Playhouse). Other: Alley Theatre (Company member), the Goodman Theatre, the Wilma Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Geva Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Buffalo Studio Arena, Cincinnati Playhouse, Philadelphia Festival of New Plays.

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Pompey

John Bottoms

Pompey

John Bottoms

Provost

Ben Halley, Jr.

Provost

Ben Halley, Jr.

Ben Halley, Jr., was most recently seen at the American Repertory Theater as Durandarte in the summer 1995 Cambridge performances of The King Stag, Tiger Brown in The Threepenny Opera, Pistol in Henry V, and Agamemnon and Apollo in The Oresteia. He is a classical actor whose artistry has taken him from Broadway to Hollywood, to the prominent resident theaters of America, to London, and to the major festival houses of Europe. Mr. Halley made his professional directorial debut with the South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, California.

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Claudio

John Bellucci

Claudio

John Bellucci

Juliet

Amy Brenneman

Juliet

Amy Brenneman

A.R.T.: Measure for Measure. Theater: Romeo & Juliet, The Oresteia, Three Sisters, Sincerity Forever, St. Joan of the Stockyards, YaleRep; God’s Heart, Lincoln Center; A Nervous Smile, Williamstown Theater Festival. Credits with Sabrina Peck include Working (when Brenneman was 18), The Maske Family Musical, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella and the original work Interstates, which they co-created. She is a founding member of the award-winning Cornerstone Theater Company. Film: Casper, Bye Bye Love, Heat, Daylight, Your Friends and Neighbors, Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, Off the Map, Nine Lives, 88 Minutes, Jane Austen Book Club, Downloading Nancy and Mother & Child. Television: "NYPD Blue" (two Emmy nominations), "Judging Amy" (co-creator, executive producer and star; three Emmy nominations, three Golden Globe nominations, winner of three TV Guide Awards for Best Actress), "Private Practice" (Violet Turner). Amy Brenneman has a degree in Comparative Religion from Harvard University. She is married to film director Brad Silberling and splits her time between Los Angeles and Chilmark, Mass. Her writing can be found on her blog at Momlogic.com and www.theamybrenneman.com.

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Officer/Servant

Benjamin Evett

Officer/Servant

Benjamin Evett

Benjamin Evett has appeared at the American Repertory Theater in La Dispute, as Ilya Ilych Telegin in Uncle Vanya, Kinesias in Lysistrata, Jacques Roux in Marat/Sade, Peter in Absolution, Cassio in Othello, Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk/Sir Stephen Scroope in Richard II, Burris in Animals and Plants, the General in Mother Courage, the Messenger in Antigone, Time in The Winter's Tale, Lvov in Ivanov, the Policeman in Charlie in the House of Rue, Babbybobby in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Hyppolytus in Phaedra, Clèante in The Imaginary Invalid, Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew, Pentheus in The Bacchae, Zalman Tippish/Chaim Rascal/Dopey Petzel in Shlemiel the First, the Dreamer in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Leandro in The King Stag, the Son in Six Characters in Search of an Author, Punch 2/Judy Bell/Taxi Judy in Punch and Judy Get Divorced, Bouggerslas in Ubu Rock, Vince in Buried Child, Ariel in The Tempest, Charles Filch/Walt Dreary/Beggar Joe in The Threepenny Opera, Bardolph/Montjoy in Henry V, Lucky in Waiting for Godot, Herald/Chorus/Pylades/Hermes in The Oresteia, Epihodov in The Cherry Orchard, Nicholas Beckett in What the Butler Saw, Pistol in Henry IV, Part 2, and as Sir Richard Vernon in Part 1, in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, and in Platonov. He has also performed at the Missouri Repertory Theatre, where he played the title roles in Billy Bishop Goes to War and Amadeus, and at the Great Lakes Theatre Festival, where he played Swiss Cheese in Mother Courage. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. Mr. Evett currently serves as artistic director of the Actors' Shakespeare Company in Boston.

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Friar Peter/Justice

Alden Jackson

Friar Peter/Justice

Alden Jackson

Isabella

Marianne Owen

Isabella

Marianne Owen

Marianne Owen returned to the A.R.T. this season to play Mrs. Sorby in The Wild Duck and The Mother in Six Characters in Search of an Author. She appeared in fourteen productions during the first four seasons at the A.R.T., and took part in its first European tour. Since that time she has worked at Playwrights Horizons, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Guthrie Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, the The Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, and Arizona Theatre Co.; and has been a company member at the Seattle Repertory Theatre for the past nine years, acting in over twenty-eight productions. Her roles include Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa, Grusha in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bananas in House of Blue Leaves, Betty in Landscape of the Body, Heidi in The Heidi Chronicles, and Frosine in The Miser. She also played Charlotte in the national tour of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing with Brian Bedford.

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Francisca

Nina Bernstein

Francisca

Nina Bernstein

Elbow

Richard Spore

Elbow

Richard Spore

Froth/Messenger

Mark Driscoll

Froth/Messenger

Mark Driscoll

Barnardine

Harry S. Murphy

Barnardine

Harry S. Murphy

Harry S. Murphy, who returns to play Christopher Sly in The Taming of the Shrew and Collie Couch in In the Jungle of Cities, spent many seasons at the American Repertory Theater and appeared in over a dozen productions here, including The King Stag, Angel City, Platonov, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, As You Like It, The School for Scandal, Alcestis, The Balcony, Sganarelle, Six Characters in Search of an Author, and The Marriage of Figaro. His Broadway credits include Macbeth, Othello, Big Time, and The Good Times are Killing Me. He also appeared in such musicals as The Boys from Syracuse and Happy End (at the A.R.T ), as well as Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well . . . and Good Sport. Other resident credits include Room Service, Henry V, Hedda Gabler, Phaedre, Romeo and Juliet, and Twelfth Night. Mr. Murphy appeared in the feature films Calendar Girl, Eddie Macon's Run, and The Return, and his television credits include Cosby, Law and Order, Spenser for Hire, True Blue, and New York Undercover.

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Lord/Attendant

Nick Wyse

Lord/Attendant

Nick Wyse