Lantern Theater Company
Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
2018/19 Season

Measure for Measure
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Charles McMahon
March 14 - April 21, 2019

When the power of the State is put in the service of one man's lust, Shakespeare creates one of his greatest heroines to combat the abuse. Isabella's courage and brilliance are called upon to fight back against power, corruption, and sexual blackmail. This major play in the Bard's canon will surprise and move modern audiences with its timely insights into human motivation and resilience.

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The Cast

Chris Anthony as Claudio / Ensemble  •  Kirk Wendell Brown as Escalus / Ensemble  •  Ben Dibble as Angelo / Ensemble  •  Adam Hammet as Pompey / Ensemble  •  Claire Inie-Richards as Isabella / Ensemble  •  Anthony Lawton as The Duke / Ensemble  •  Jered McLenigan as Lucio / Barnardine / Ensemble  •  Charlotte Northeast as Mistress Overdone / Mariana / Ensemble

The Creative Team

Dirk Durossette, Scenic Designer  •  Janus Stefanowicz, Costume Designer  •  Drew Billiau, Lighting Designer  •  Mary Kate Smyser, Sound Designer  •  Rebecca Smith, AEA Stage Manager  •  David Bardeen, Assistant Director
News & Reviews

"A brilliant production. Problem solved. Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare's "problem plays," troubling directors and scholars for four centuries, and each production, each reader, each audience arrives at its own interpretation. Charles McMahon has found one solution, and it's brilliant." –The Philadelphia Inquirer  more

"While I won't give away how McMahon handled the (actually textually important) turn at the conclusion of the play, I will tell you that I found it very, very satisfying. An excellent ensemble... It's through the strength of all the players – and a fresh, modern take on Measure for Measure that nods to the present day without shoehorning it into the text – that the Lantern's production succeeds, answering my early anxiety with a gratifying finish." –Broad Street Review  more

"The Lantern's production is a clear-eyed and engaging exploration of a cynical society, funny and biting without succumbing to cynicism itself. The struggle to chart some kind of moral course in a corrupt and occasionally nonsensical world is as pressing now as 400 years ago..." –  more

"An innovative production... A fresh look at this problematic but timely work starring some of the area's best dramatic talent in multiple roles and a steady hand of experienced directorial energy from Charles McMahon. Lantern has made a great contribution to this regionís cultural life by making the Bard so accessible to contemporary audiences." –Montgomery News

"Whether you are a Shakespeare fan or not, this is a production you won't want to miss." –Beyond My Backyard  more

The Philadelphia Tribune talks with actor Kirk Wendell Brown about his love of Shakespeare, Measure for Measure's relevance to today's #MeToo movement, and more: "I thoroughly enjoy being part of a collaboration where I get to share the human condition with others." more

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Header Photo: Lawrence Stallings in the world premiere of Me and the Devil (2021); Anthony Lawton and Dave Johnson in Travesties (2022); Melissa Rakiro and Joanna Liao in Twelfth Night (2023); and Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.

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