William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” is Theater At Monmouth’s Shakespeare choice for the 2021 (R)evolutionary Redux Season.

With a unique brew of laughter and darkness, Shakespeare’s tale of impassable moral dilemmas, religious hypocrisy, and he said/she said examines the complex relationships between those in power and those they govern. The quality of mercy is strained to the point of breaking in this dark comedy about the corruption of justice and authority … and the true nature of love and mercy.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 15 through Sunday, Aug. 22, including matinee and evening performances on both weekdays and weekends.

Shakespeare’s strikingly current play speaks powerfully about impossible moral choices in the story of the devout novice Isabella, whose faith is tested when her brother is sentenced to death for impregnating Juliet out of wedlock. When the outwardly virtuous leader Angelo propositions Isabella in exchange for his release, she must consider whether upholding her holy vows is worth her innocent brother’s life. This dark comedy will surprise and move modern audiences with its timely insights into human motivation and resilience.

James Noel Hoban, director of “Measure for Measure,” points out the principle of the story, “At the heart of Measure for Measure lies the lesson of a singularly tolerant biblical passage: judge not lest ye be judged. Always suspect of absolutists, Shakespeare brings his most zealous characters to a humble and humane resolution.” An adaptation set in the western prairie, 1880, in the town of Vienna, Montana. Hoban continues, “Vienna, seemingly impervious to attempts to impose a perfect moral order, emerges as an imperfect place where it’s people can breathe free. Here’s to all of us breathing free again.”

Measure for Measure features Sarah Goldman as Francisca/messenger, Henry Hetz as Angelo/Provost 1, Charence Higgins as Escalus/Friar Thomas/Provost 3, Amber McNew as Isabella, Sophia Mobbs as Juliet/Pompey/Boy, Nathan M. Ramsey as Duke Vincentio/gentleman, Michael Rosas as Lucio/Abhorson, Reece Santos as Claudius/Barnardine/Friar Peter, and Casey Turner as Mistress Overdone/ Mariana/ Provost 2. Directed by James Noel Hoban; Set design by Dan Bilodeau, Costume Design by Michelle Handley, Lighting Design by Jennifer Fok, Stage Management by Aaron Louque, and Sound Design by Rew Tippin.

Performance dates and times: 7:30 p.m. July 15, 16, 24, Aug. 1, 13 and 18; and 1 p.m. Aug. 5, 12 and 22.

Post-performance discussions will be pre-recorded and audiences will be able to stream the content before or after their selected dates. Discussions with the cast and creative team will cover the critical historical, artistic, and cultural perspectives of the worlds of each individual play.

Tickets cost $36 for adults, $31 for senior citizens, and $22 for students (18 and younger).

For more information or reservations, call the TAM Box Office at 207-933-9999 or visit theateratmonmouth.org.

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