Measure for Measure

We are thrilled to present Measure for Measure with The Brick's Shakespeare in the Theater 2017. 

Performance Dates: August 4th, 10th & 14th at 7pm

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Vincentio, the Duke of Vienna,  leaves the city on a diplomatic mission and places the government in the hands of Angelo. A holy man and strict judge, Angelo begins enforcing antiquated laws and cracks down on the people of Vienna. Claudio, brother to the novice Isabella, is imprisoned by Angelo for impregnating his fiance. On the eve of taking her final vows, Isabella is told that her brother will be executed. When she goes to ask for Claudio's freedom, Angelo provides her with a option - if you have sex with me, your brother will not die. A story of hypocrisy and the corruption of 'good' men in power, Measure for Measure is as relevant in the USA in 2017 as it was in 1603.


Theatre is the conversation and Shakespeare is still being performed over 400 years later for a reason -- these stories are relevant. 

Focusing on the language, this production will dive into the similarities between the given circumstances of the play and the current state of our political affairs and the treatment of women in the USA. Measure for Measure not only presents a stark mirror for our society, but a heroine with all of the complexities of a modern woman.

Kathleen Hefferon is a director, Shakespeare fanatic, and overall badass feminist. She has been the AD for companies such as Fiasco Theater, The Director's Company, CSC Young Company, Folger Shakespeare, as well as worked with companies such as Waterwell Theatre, Public Theater, 59E59, Classic Stage Company, Theatre for a New City, and more. She has recently directed readings of 'Bone' (a new musical by Andrew Hammerstein) and 'The Morningstar' (a new play by Whitney Biancur.) Kathleen has trained with NYU Gallatin and The British American Drama Academy.

Whitney Biancur is a Brooklyn based stage and film actress working in New York and Regional theatres. She has a classical background and has performed in productions of Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Macbeth. In February 2017, Whitney performed in 'Sad Americana,' written by Julia Doolittle and directed by Jacob Basri.  This year she will be seen in the premiere of Tiffany Trent's psychological thriller 'Consequences' and as a series regular in the new comedy web series 'Footprints in the Sand.' Whitney has trained with The British American Drama Academy, The Pearl Theatre, ESPA Primary Stages, and Sarah Lawrence College. She is continuing her training under Jayd McCarty at The Studio NY. For more information, please visit


Made up of ten NYC actors, Shakespeare lovers, and clowns, this ensemble brings a collosal amount of passion and wit to the table. They are Blake Williams, Matthew Ip Shaw, Alejandra Venancio, Ian Moody, Fiona Rae Brunner, Karsten Otto, Raven Pierson, Jon Cook, and Alexis Ingram. If you recognized any of those names, consider donating so that they can be their awesome verse speaking selves!

FUNDING (or, where is my money going?)

In all of its many aspects, theatre is a group effort!

- $1,000 will be set aside for our wonderful cast who will be spending 100 hours in rehearsal over the month of July and the beginning of August. This does not include the work they do on their own. 

- $1,000 will be set aside for our stage manager, lighting designer, and sound designer. Our production is built on light and sound. This means that they will literally be creating a set out of thin air. 

- Roughly $1,500 is for rehearsal space. Those 100 hours have to happen somewhere and my living room is a little too small for a cast of 10 people! Fun fact: We are getting a 40% discount on space!

- Roughly $500 will be used for costume pieces, props, and marketing costs, such as postcards and facebook ads. We can't wait to sell tickets!

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