Fearing the pendulum has swung too far and the morality of Vienna’s citizens too lax, the Duke departs on a foreign embassy and leaves his Deputy General Angelo to re-enforce Vienna’s strict civil laws. Following the letter of the law Angelo arrests a young citizen named Claudio for the capital offense of impregnating his girlfriend before marriage. Isabella, a novice nun and sister to Claudio, appeals to Angelo for her brother’s life. Confused by the reason and conviction of her argument, Angelo finds himself in love with Isabella. Will Angelo be swayed by Isabella’s call for mercy? Or will Angelo fall prey to his baser impulses and use his power to possess the young nun?

Does society need its morality dictated by civil law? Is mercy or justice more important to the health of a nation? Does humanity need the death penalty to keep itself in line?



Damon Bonetti*......................... Duke Vincentio

Sean Bradley............................... Claudio

Kaki Burns................................. Juliet

Joy Farmer-Clary*...................... Isabella 

Doug Greene.............................. Provost

Jennifer Hutten.......................... Mariana 

Tanya Lazar................................ Escalus

James Stover*.............................. Angelo 

John G Williams......................... Lucio

*These actors appear courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association.


Meet the cast of Quintessence Theatre’s Measure For Measure.

Damon Bonetti* (Duke Vincentio) Philadelphia: The Last Night of BallyhooCriminal Hearts (Walnut Street Theatre); PericlesThe Taming of the ShrewRomeo and JulietOthello (Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival);Orange Flower Water (Luna Theater, Barrymore Award nomination); Much Ado About Nothing (Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company).  Regional: FilumenaThe Corn is GreenInherit the WindYou Never Can Tell(Asolo Repertory Theatre); Blood: A ComedyCan’t Fight This Feelin’ (Passage Theatre). International: Red Bessie(Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Co-Artistic Director of Philadelphia Artists Collective. Training: MFA, Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory.

Sean Bradley (Claudio) Philadelphia: The Cider House Rules Pt 1 & 2Roger and MiriamThe Philadelphia StoryMeasure for MeasureVenus(University of the Arts).  Regional: Cassio in Othello (Goodwill Theatre). As Fight Director: Othello (Goodwill Theatre); See What I Want to See (Philly Fringe).  Training: BFA, University of the Arts.

 Kaki Burns (Juliet) Philadelphia: LibroFace, a Social Not Working Farce (The Fire); Big Mess Cabaret(The Trocadero); Company(EgoPo Beckett Festival/Fringe 09); Alabama Alabama (Plays and Players); Estrus in Amazonia (Walking Fish Theatre); world premiere of AntebellumIn Common Hours(Athenaeum, Theatre School).  New York: Ten Speed Revolution (The Mirror Repertory Company).  Upcoming film: Changing the Game (feature, dir. Rel Dowdell). As choreographer: The Wizard of Oz, OliverSound of MusicAmadeusPal JoeyPirates of Penzance(Germantown Friends School); Rocky Horror Picture Show(Moraine Valley Community College). Training: BFA with honors, The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Joy Farmer-Clary* (Isabella) New York: Lucy in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Lincoln Center Institute). Regional: Blackbird (Cincinnati Playhouse); Sea of Tranquility, Ophelia in HamletTwo Gentlemen of Verona (The Old Globe); Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Austin Shakespeare Festival, Best Actress Award – Austin Circle of Theatres; Best Actress nomination – Austin Critics Table); Star-Spangled GirlCabaret(Bigfork Summer Playhouse). Training: BFA, University of Mississippi; MFA, The Old Globe/University of San Diego.

Doug Greene (Provost) Philadelphia: Waiting for GodotEndgameWoyzeckVieux CarreSpring Awakening,Bluebird(EgoPo Classic Theater, company member); Dark Play, or Stories for Boys (Theatre Exile); Two Gentlemen of Verona (Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival); The Art of WarA Midsummer Nights DreamDesign for Loving (Vagabond Acting Troupe); Sordid Lives (Allen’s Lane Theater); Playboy of the Western World (Irish Rep of Philadelphia).  Training: University College Worcester; BA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Hutten (Mariana) Philadelphia: Who Turned Off the Lights (Green Light Arts); Abraham’s Bridge (Primary Stages).  Regional: Savage in LimboLaundry and BourbonOleannaDancing at Lughnasa (Alliance Repertory Theatre); The Art of LingeringRummy RoomPumping for Jill (Bon Bock Productions); Uncommon Women and OthersBury the Dead (Mannie Greenfield Theatre); Lend Me a TenorThe Taming of the ShrewMerchant of Venice (Princeton Summer Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s DreamOnce Upon a MattressSweet Charity (WWP Productions). Training: American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Tanya Lazar (Escalus) Philadelphia: Our Lady of Balenciaga (Philadelphia Theater Workshop); The History Boysu/s (Arden); Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead (Plays & Players); Seed of a Nation (Theater of the Seventh Sister);Pushkin at Boldino (Crescent Moon Entertainment); Lady Macbeth in MacbethA Delicate Balance, TwigsDa(Wilmington Drama League); WitThe Retreat from Moscow (Players Club of Swarthmore); Richard III (Arden Shakespeare Gild); The Merry Wives of WindsorA Midsummer Nights DreamThe Taming of the Shrew (Arden Players Gild). Film: Lemonade, The Dead End of the Woods.

James Stover* (Angelo) Philadelphia: world premiere of The Eclectic SocietyA Christmas Carol (Walnut Street Theatre); world premiere of The Invisible Play (Philadelphia Theatre Workshop). New York: Yank! (Gallery Players); Tea and Sympathy (off-Broadway revival, Keen Company); ‘Twas the Night Before (Flea Theatre). National Tour: My Soul is a Witness (JENA Co).  Regional: Youth Ink(McCarter Theatre), A Year with Frog and Toad (Virginia Musical Theatre), Twelfth NightThe Merchant of Venice, …Charlie Brown (Utah Shakespeare Festival). TV: Law & Order.  As assistant director: off-Broadway’s The Tempermentals.  Training: BFA, Otterbein College. Thanks to Alex and Pamela.

John G Williams (Lucio) New York: Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Pulse Ensemble Theatre); Platanos and Collard Greens (Between the Lines Productions); Blood Sky (Looking Glass Theatre).  Regional: Blue/Orange(Peppermint Creek Theatre Co); The Zoo StoryMuch Ado About NothingThree SistersBurn This (Stella Adler Studio).  International: Witches Riches and Wedding Cake(Shoestring Players, Edinburgh Fringe).  Commercials: Kaplan University, Bank of American, Miller Brewing Co, Maryland Lottery. TV: As the World Turns. Training: BA, Rutgers University.

*These actors appear courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association.


Directed by Alexander Burns

Scenic Design by Eliza Brown

Lighting Design by David Sexton

Costume Design by Jane Casanave

Dialect Coaching by Hazel Bowers