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Summit Theatre takes rare dive into Shakespeare in ‘Measure’

Summit Theatre takes rare dive into Shakespeare in ‘Measure’

Summit Theatre Group is tackling Shakespeare for the first time in its history.

STG will present “Measure for Measure” for four days over the next two weekends, a production that is set in rural Missouri during the Depression years.

In what is considered Shakespeare’s most urban play, “Measure for Measure” features a cast that are of the city, dealing with many issues topical to today’s American culture, including elected power, injustice and sexual harassment. The play tackles morality, ethics, mercy, justice and all the gray areas in between.

“This play is even more relevant today than when I proposed it one year ago,” Measure for Measure director Shari Wassergord said. “In Shakespeare’s words from 400 years ago, you will hear echoes of the conversation around the recent Supreme Court hearings. We need this play right now. It gives us safer context to discuss issues of assault and accusation without our modern-day politics getting in the way.”

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The production features funny, sometimes dark humor, too.

“This was my first time directing a full Shakespearean play, and I learned how fun it can be to delve into the language,” she said. “I had some fears about being over my head, but the cast has been so knowledgeable and talented, they made directing this show easy.”

The play features Mary Adams (Lee’s Summit) as Mistress Overdone; Rebecca Dempsey (Liberty) as Escalus; Brian Duskey (Kansas City) as Angelo; Michael Masterson (Independence) as Friar Peter; Lucy Mulholland (Kansas City) as Isabella; Bryce Ostrom (Lecompton, Kan.) as Duke Vincentio; Joey Roney (Kansas City) as Lucio/Barnadine; Elissa Schrader (Kansas City) as Pompey/Juliet/Mariana; and Spencer Thompson (Kansas City) as Claudio/Elbow/Abhorson.

“Measure for Measure” runs Oct. 12-13, 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. MCC-Longview’s Cultural Arts Center, 500 SW Longview Road in Lee’s Summit. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors/students. Tickets can be purchased at www.summittheatre.org or at both Lee's Summit Hy-Vee Stores.

For questions or more information, please contact Ginger Birch at ginger@summittheatre.org.

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