Greg Vanselow


Measure for Measure

Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from March 24-April 7
7:30-1 p.m.
Every Sun. from March 25-April 8
2 p.m.
March 26
7:30 p.m.

Though the postponement of A Wives’ Tale, the much-anticipated new work from playwright Christina Ham, served as a disappointment, Theatre Unbound has found a compelling substitute in a buzz-worthy adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. This new production boasts the insightful artistry of director Kate Powers, a Fulbright Scholar in Shakespeare who earned an M.A. with Distinction at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon. This background has steered Powers to the formidable task of reworking the contested text of Measure for Measure by removing suspected alterations made by playwright Thomas Middleton after Shakespeare’s death. Powers refines the core narrative (involving the lechery of a hypocritical judge) while relating its themes of gender inequity to our current culture, where women still find themselves fighting to have their voices heard. As founder of the Redeeming Time Project, a nonprofit dedicated to using theater to inspire positive change in the lives of incarcerated and recently released prisoners, Powers has much experience using Shakespeare to make a connection with nontraditional audiences. And with Theatre Unbound celebrated for its focus on increasing representation for women, this production possesses a vitality perfectly aligned to our moment in time.