MEASURE FOR MEASURE
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 Ballyhoo, Criminal Hearts (Walnut Street Theatre); Pericles, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Othello (Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival);Orange Flower Water (Luna Theater, Barrymore Award nomination); Much Ado About Nothing (Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company). Regional: Filumena, The Corn is Green, Inherit the Wind, You Never Can Tell(Asolo Repertory Theatre); Blood: A Comedy, Can’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. www.damonbonetti.com
Sean Bradley (Claudio) Philadelphia: The Cider House Rules Pt 1 & 2, Roger and Miriam, The Philadelphia Story, Measure for Measure, Venus(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 Antebellum, In 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, Oliver, Sound of Music, Amadeus, Pal Joey, Pirates 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 Hamlet, Two 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 Girl, Cabaret(Bigfork Summer Playhouse). Training: BFA, University of Mississippi; MFA, The Old Globe/University of San Diego.
Doug Greene (Provost) Philadelphia: Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Woyzeck, Vieux Carre, Spring 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 War, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Design 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 Limbo, Laundry and Bourbon, Oleanna, Dancing at Lughnasa (Alliance Repertory Theatre); The Art of Lingering, Rummy Room, Pumping for Jill (Bon Bock Productions); Uncommon Women and Others, Bury the Dead (Mannie Greenfield Theatre); Lend Me a Tenor, The Taming of the Shrew, Merchant of Venice (Princeton Summer Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Once Upon a Mattress, Sweet 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 Macbeth, A Delicate Balance, Twigs, Da(Wilmington Drama League); Wit, The Retreat from Moscow (Players Club of Swarthmore); Richard III (Arden Shakespeare Gild); The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Taming of the Shrew (Arden Players Gild). Film: Lemonade, The Dead End of the Woods.
James Stover* (Angelo) Philadelphia: world premiere of The Eclectic Society, A 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 Night, The 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 Story, Much Ado About Nothing, Three Sisters, Burn 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