Measure for Measure
The cast includes Stephanie Neuerburg as Isabella, David Gordon-Johnson as Angelo, Craig Duff as Duke, Jen Sinnen as Claudia, Jack Disselhorst as Pompey, Micah Mabey as Lucio, Becca Rowland as Juliet, Colin Kovarik as Friar Peter, Gwyneth Clare as Mistress Overdone, Mollie Peery as Escalus, Kevin Cruz as Elbow, Nora Kuzdak as Provost, Lorena Estevez as Mariana, and Halli Morgan as Francesca.
The show is led and curated by Sophie Murk, Wyatt McCall, and Hayley Procacci, who, as a part of the company’s mission, are also part of the acting ensemble.
In this production of Measure for Measure, The Olde School Shakespeare Collective brings the audience into the story of a religious community in crisis. The leader has abandoned them and left the stringent Angelo in his place. His brutal attempt to eliminate debauchery ignites the community in a counter-quest for justice led by the purest soul of all, Isabella. When Shakespeare wrote the story, he was inspired by the Catholic reign in Vienna. Today, Olde School Shakes chooses to tell this story through the lens of fundamentalist evangelicalism.
“In 2018, two of the biggest megachurch leaders in the nation fell from grace and stepped down due to allegations of sexual misconduct and financial embezzlement in the Chicago suburbs. Church by church, we see the same thing happening all over the country,” says The Olde School Shakespeare Collective co-founder, Sophie Murk. “How do we find right and wrong once we no longer trust the institution that’s always ruled us? This production attempts to find the answers by bringing us the story of Isabella, a devout Christian who strives to fight for the redemption of her sister and save her life, but she encounters a hypocritical proposition as her only choice, pressing her to ask us ‘did I tell this, who would believe me?’”
Olde School Shakes invites and encourages audience engagement and participation, reminiscent of the groundlings and playhouses of Elizabethan England with a modern twist. Enjoy some drinks and revelry in the back room at Redline VR, and don’t just watch the story, but help make it happen.