Shakespeare In Delaware Park

Measure for Measure

July 25th – August 18th Directed by Brian Cavanagh

Measure for Measure has been classified as one of Shakespeare’s comedies; however, it is also referred to as a “problem play” because it cannot easily be described as either a tragedy or comedy.

William Shakespeare set the play in Vienna (the only Shakespearean play to be set in Vienna) and also a city, which Shakespeare himself probably never visited.

Our production has been transferred from the traditional, to an American Western. Our story will take place in the dirty, border town of Vienna, Texas. Circa 1890.

The plot centers on Angelo, who has been empowered to rule his land by The Duke of Vienna, while he wanders about disguised as a Friar to investigate the moral decay of his kingdom. Resorting to an old law against pre-marital sex to enforce strict standards of morality, Angelo proceeds to sentence anyone convicted of the “crime” to death. One of these is Claudio, who has been imprisoned and condemned to death for having relations with his own fiancé. Claudio’s sister Isabella goes to Angelo to plead for her brother’s life. The not so angelic Angelo is immediately taken with Isabella and uses his power to blackmail Isabella. He will free her brother if she will come to bed with him. Fortunately, the disguised Duke becomes aware of Angelo’s plan. He arranges a device where, Mariana, a woman from Angelo’s past is substituted for Isabella in Angelo’s bed. Angelo is punished, Claudio is freed, and he and his fiancé live happily ever after.


Parking for Shakespeare in Delaware Park is on street parking along Lincoln Parkway.

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  • Cait

    It was great to meet you guys last night-I cut out early but I look forward to seeing you again. :)

    August 11, 2013

  • Elise

    We are sitting on the left side of the stage near the speakers

    August 10, 2013

  • David M.

    I'm running a bit late. I'll try to sneak in in a bit or meet you at the intermission. Enjoy the show!

    August 10, 2013

  • Elise

    I'm here

    August 10, 2013

  • Elise

    Hello everyone. Lets meet on Lincoln Parkway right in front of the Rose garden. If you put the address listed for the event in your GPS it will take you right there. In past experience this works best if we all bring chairs or we all bring blankets. If half of us bring chairs and half of us brings blankets it makes it harder to find seating where everyone can see. So what do you think?

    August 9, 2013

    • Cait

      Thanks elise. I have a chair, which im planning on bringing with me, planning to come at 7 or a few minutes before.

      August 10, 2013

  • Elise

    The actual show starts at 7:30 tonight. The seating area does get filled very quickly though!! So I recommned being there at least by 7 if not earlier. Also do not forget it is acceptable to bring wine/beer to this event!

    August 10, 2013

  • Cait

    Hi! I'd like to attend this; how do we know where to find one another? Is there a meeting place set up? I went to SITP a couple years ago and they are very crowded. thanks!

    August 8, 2013

    • Rachel

      I was just thinking the same thing!

      August 8, 2013

    • Elise

      In addition to meeting in front of the Rose Garden you can also have my cell phone number[masked] and text me when you get there.

      August 9, 2013

  • ohsaywhaaaaa

    I've been meaning to catch one of these performances!

    July 18, 2013

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