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Original Practice Shakespeare Festival presents “Measure for Measure”
July 7 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pmfree
Original Practice Shakespeare Festival offers a free presentation of “Measure for Measure” at 7 p.m. July 7 at Laurelhurst Park, Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard and Stark Street, Portland. The company uses the original practice techniques of Elizabethan England: limited rehearsal, scrolls in hand, audience interaction, and an onstage prompter. Gender-fluid casting (just like in Ye Olde Shakespearean Days) is the norm.
To sum up the plot: Lord Angelo takes over Vienna while the Duke’s in disguise, and sentences Claudio to death for an out-of-wedlock tryst. Nun-in-training Isabella, Claudio’s sister, begs Angelo for mercy and gets propositioned. She and the Duke-In-Disguise trick Angelo with a bedroom switcheroo, save Claudio with an execution switcheroo and justice is served. Or is it?
The Original Practice Shakespeare Festival performs all 25 plays in its repertory over the summer at 11 different Portland parks, with no admission fee. The company of skilled, flexible actors will perform with occasional interruptions of songs, dances and sketches. Shows usually begin at 7 p.m. and the audience is welcome to arrive during the hour before to watch dance and fight rehearsals. Children and leashed dogs are welcome. Picnic meals are encouraged. To see the complete summer schedule, visit www.opsfest.org.