Sep 13–Oct 8 
Shakespeare's timely tragicomedy about morality and justice in a changing regime
co-produced with Santa Cruz Shakespeare


O, it is excellent
To have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous
To use it like a giant.

-Isabella, Act II, scene ii

Director Tyne Rafaeli wrestles with questions of consent and agency over one’s body (both politic and personal) in this funny and gritty staging of Measure for Measure.

In a sinful city besieged by a new ruler, the puritanical and deceitful Angelo, Claudio is sentenced to death for fornication. Angelo lusts after Claudio’s sister, Isabella—an aspiring nun—and gives her an ultimatum: save her brother’s life by giving up her chastity.

Isabella’s virtue in the face of hypocrisy highlights the misdeeds of those who claim morality and justice, and shows that desperate times call for a subversive spirit.

This performance runs 2 hours plus a 15-minute intermission. The show contains strobe lights, fog effects, e-cigarettes, lewd gestures, and depictions of sexual and personal violence.


  • CALENDAR
  • WHO'S WHO
  • PHOTOS
  • PRESS
  • PROGRAM
  • INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Who's Who

CREATIVE TEAM
Director—TYNE RAFAELI
Scenic Designer—ANNIE SMART
Costume Designer—MONTANA LEVI BLANCO
Lighting Designer—KENT DORSEY
Sound Design—BRANDON WALCOTT
Associate Sound Design—JOSH SCHMIDT
Textual Consultant—MICHAEL WARREN
Voice Coach—DAVID MORDEN
Resident Dramaturg—PHILIPPA KELLY
Dramaturg—ASHLEY HERUM
Fight Director—DAVE MAIER
Stage Manager—DEIRDRE ROSE HOLLAND*
Assistant Stage Manager—MARCY REED*

CAST
Escalus, Juliet, ensemble—TRISTAN CUNNINGHAM*
Provost, Froth, ensemble—PATTY GALLAGHER*
Angelo, ensemble—DAVID GRAHAM JONES*
Claudio, Pompey—KEVIN MATTHEW REYES
Isabella, ensemble—LINDSAY RICO*
Lucio, Abhorson—ADAM SCHROEDER
Duke—ROWAN VICKERS*
Mistress Overdone, Elbow, Mariana, Barnadine—ANNIE WORDEN*

*member, Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

PHOTOS


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(L to R) Patty Gallagher (Provost), Tristan Cunningham (Escalus), and David Graham Jones (Angelo) in California Shakespeare Theater’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE, directed by Tyne Rafaeli; photo by rr jones.

(L to R) Tristan Cunningham (Escalus) and Annie Worden (Elbow) question Patty Gallagher (Froth), and Kevin Matthew Reyes (Pompey) in California Shakespeare Theater’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE, directed by Tyne Rafaeli; photo by rr jones.

(L to R) Lindsay Rico (Isabella), Adam Schroeder (Lucio), Rowan Vickers (Duke) and David Graham Jones (Angelo) in California Shakespeare Theater’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE, directed by Tyne Rafaeli; photo by Jana Marcus.

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Rowan Vickers (Duke) is disguised as a friar while Tristan Cunningham (Juliet) considers her future in California Shakespeare Theater’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE, directed by Tyne Rafaeli; photo by rr jones.

(L to R) Kevin Matthew Reyes (Pompey) and Annie Worden (Mistress Overdone) in California Shakespeare Theater’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE, directed by Tyne Rafaeli; photo by Jana Marcus.

Lindsay Rico (Isabella) in California Shakespeare Theater’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE, directed by Tyne Rafaeli; photo by rr jones.

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(L to R) David Graham Jones (Angelo) and Rowan Vickers (Duke) in California Shakespeare Theater’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE, directed by Tyne Rafaeli; photo by Jana Marcus.

(L to R) Tristan Cunningham (Escalus) and David Graham Jones (Angelo) in California Shakespeare Theater’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE, directed by Tyne Rafaeli; photo by rr jones.

(L to R) Lindsay Rico (Isabella) and Tristan Cunningham (ensemble) in California Shakespeare Theater’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE, directed by Tyne Rafaeli; photo by rr jones.

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(L to R) David Graham Jones (Angelo) and Rowan Vickers (Duke) in California Shakespeare Theater’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE, directed by Tyne Rafaeli; photo by Jana Marcus.

   

California Shakespeare Theater Closes Its 2017 Season with Measure for Measure, September 13-October 8.



"Sharp...comic" —San Francisco Chronicle

“Excellent! Directed with thrilling urgency. . . fast and furious and, just when it should be, funny.”—SF Examiner

"[Measure for Measure is] the best play for our times..." —Edge Media Network

"Measure for Measure is famously a 'problem play,' often dismissed when companies are programming Shakespeare...At California Shakespeare Theater, Tyne Rafaeli tackles these problems boldly and directly." —Stark Insider

"A captivating production, well worth a trip to the beautiful outdoor Bruns Amphitheater to see Shakespeare thriving in our time." —Theatrius

"This is a piece of theater not to be missed." —LaMorinda Weekly

"Lively and smart" —Bay Area News Group



Click above to read the Measure for Measure Program!

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

We generally recommend Measure for Measure for adults and children ages 13 and up.

We believe in opening young minds to the power and magic of live theater. However, we understand that not every production may be appropriate for every child or family, as we frequently address mature issues, ideas, and themes. We are happy to speak with you further about the content and/or artistic expression of any of our productions to aid you in determining whether it is suitable for your children.

Children under four are not permitted in the Amphitheater as a courtesy to our patrons and artists.

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

We believe in opening young minds to the power and magic of live theater. However, we understand that not every production may be appropriate for every child or family, as we frequently address mature issues, ideas, and themes. We encourage you to consider whether any particular Main Stage production is appropriate for your child, and to be in dialogue with us and your children about the content and/or artistic expression therein.

Children under four are not permitted in the Amphitheater as a courtesy to our patrons and artists.