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Seattle Shakespeare Company is pumped up for the Super Bowl on Sunday and hope you are too! To celebrate we’re holding a “Twelves Sale.”

For 12 hours only (noon to midnight Jan 30, 2015) you can purchase adult tickets to Measure for Measure, Tartuffe or Othello for just $12 each. It’s a steal!

Use the code TWELVES when ordering online.

Remember, this sale shuts down at midnight tonight and is limited to 4 tickets per order, so act fast. Go Hawks!

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On the Frailty of Human Nature in “Measure for Measure”

David Anthony Lewis and Cindy Im
David Anthony Lewis and Cindy Im

The Atlantic is currently running a series in which selected authors share and discuss their favorite passages in literature. Linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker chose to discuss a passage from Measure for Measure that served as an epigraph to a chapter called in Inner Demons in his book The Better Angels of Our Nature.

            But man, proud man
Drest in a little brief authority
Most ignoratnt of what he’s most assur’d’
His glassy essence, like an angry ape
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven,
As make the angels weep

Pinker takes apart the passage line by line to probe how Shakespeare (much like a modern psychologist) captures the flaws of human behavior, yet does it with such poetry.

This particular paragraph of Pinker’s caught my attention given the atrocities we’ve been hearing about in the news lately:

History is replete with Angelos. If you were to add up the number of killings by people in pursuit of what they think are moral aims, whether it’s personal vengeance, implementing justice, or hastening a utopia or messianic age, the body count would surely be higher than the victims of amoral predation and exploitation.

Pinker’s exploration is worth the read if only to be reminded how Shakespeare, again and again, is a writer for all ages.


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Sex in the City: Measure for Measure

It has been 12 years since Seattle Shakespeare Company last produced “Measure for Measure,” and prior to that it hadn’t been on our stage since 1993. This hard edged fable of justice, morality, and power can be a challenge to stage since it has such a cynical tone even though it is considered a comedy.  How often have you seen the play staged? Take a look back at our previous productions.

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Measure for Measure First Rehearsal

The old world rubs right up against contemporary views in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Measure for Measure directed by Desdemona Chiang at the Center Theatre at Seattle Center.

Left to clean up a city rampant with corruption, Angelo lays down the law sentencing a young man, Claudio, to death for impregnating his own girlfriend Juliet before marriage. Angelo’s particular moral weaknesses surface when Claudio’s sister, Isabella, a novice nun, pleads for her brother’s life. For Angelo, Isabella’s beauty and piety hold an erotic charm and he presents her with a shocking proposition. How far will Isabella go to save her brother’s life?

“It has always felt like a very contemporary play. It’s very cosmopolitan,” said director Desdemona Chiang at the first rehearsal for Measure for Measure. “It is Shakespeare’s most urban and global play, in a multifaceted civic setting — streets and alleys, brothels, courthouses, prisons, shelters, and churches — and in it, we recognize our own cities and communities, imperfect as they are.” It was important for Chiang and her design team to find a locale where contemporary people live and are surrounded by the vestiges of an older world. “It’s the cathedral that’s been there for a thousand years, yet there’s a Starbucks inside,” said Chiang. The Vienna of this Measure for Measure has problems of poverty, education, prostitution, and corruption. The new government tries to clean things up, yet some of these activities drive the economy of the city. Which will take precedence – the law of morality or the law of economics?

Chiang makes her Seattle Shakespeare Company directing debut with Measure for Measure.  She is the co-founder/artistic director of Azeotrope where she directed Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Red Light Winter, and 25 Saints. Other directing credits include: Playmakers Rep, Aurora Theatre Company, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, Playwrights Foundation, Golden Thread Productions, Washington Ensemble Theatre, One Minute Play Festival, University of Washington, and Cornish College of the Arts, among others.

Actress Cindy Im makes her Seattle Shakespeare Company debut in the role of Isabella. Bradford Farwell, (previously seen in Cymbeline, 2011) plays Angelo, and David Anthony Lewis (previously seen in Henry IV, 2008) plays the Duke. They lead a cast that totals 19 actors. This is the third time Seattle Shakespeare Company has produced Measure for Measure in its 24 year history

Casting News: Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure Casting News

Casting is nearly complete for “Measure for Measure” and the company nearly reflects the demographics of the city of Seattle. “‘Measure for Measure’ is Shakespeare’s most urban play,” said director Desdemona Chiang. “It is a play about a city. Every single scene takes place in a public place…an office, the court, a street, a brothel, a church.  There are no bedrooms here. No homes here. No one’s garden. It’s an urban clustered, dirty, disgusting city.” For Chiang it was important that the casting reflect a contemporary urban population as her vision for Vienna in “Measure for Measure” is a global city where the old world and new world collide.

“Measure for Measure” includes several artists who have appeared on our stage over the years, as well as many who will make their Seattle Shakespeare Company debut. Cindy Im and Bradford Farwell will play the roles of Isabella and Angelo. This will be Im’s first production with SSC and Farwell appeared in 2011’s chamber “Cymbeline.” David Anthony Lewis, who appeared in “Henry IV” in 2008, returns to play the Duke.

Also returning are Scott Ward Abernethy (“The Two Gentlemen of Verona” Wooden 0, 2014) as Pompey, Marcel Davis (“Henry V,” 2010) as Provost, Tim Gouran (“Much Ado About Nothing” Wooden O, 2010) as Lucio, Harry Todd Jamieson (“Twelfth Night” Wooden O, 2012) as Elbow, Carter Rodriquez (“Macbeth” Wooden O, 2011) Abhorsen, Terri Weagant (“Julius Caesar” Wooden O, 2014) in the ensemble, and Jake Ynzunza (“As You Like It,” 2012) as Barnadine.

Also joining Seattle Shakespeare Company for the first time are Adam Canne and Meme Garcia-Cosgrove in the ensemble, Sylvester Kamara as Escalus, Aishe Keita Marianna, Shellie Shulkin as Mistress Overdone, and Ayo Tushinde as Juliet.

“Measure for Measure” starts performances January 6, 2015.