Nearly 450 residents flocked to the Lincroft campus this month for the Performing Arts Center’s 15th annual “Shakespeare on the Lawn” series, which featured the Bard’s controversial tragicomedy Measure for Measure.
The free, open-air performances were once again a hit with theater fans of all ages, even if four of eight planned shows had to be cancelled due to rain and thunderstorms.
“It was disappointing to lose half of our performances to the weather, but it still went very well,” said Performing Arts Center supervisor Sherri Vanderspiegel. “The actors were exceptional, as always, and the audiences really seemed to enjoy the play.”
Directed by theater professor John Bukovec, the PAC’s staging of Measure for Measure featured more than 20 local actors, Brookdale theater students and alumni, along with captivating sets and authentic costumes designed by members of the Brookdale theater program.
The play follows the protagonist Claudio, who is wrongly arrested and sentenced to death by Lord Angelo, the temporary leader of Vienna. Often considered one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays,” Measure for Measure is part comedy and part tragedy, centered on characters who share widely differing perspectives on themes such as freedom, justice, corruption, relationships, morality and hypocrisy.
“The story is based around hidden identities, misunderstandings, manipulation and lies,” said Bukovec. “No one can agree whether it is a comedy, tragedy or a dark comedy. Audiences have to watch and decide for themselves.”
Members of the Brookdale Theater Club were also on hand to sell refreshments and raise money for future programming.
Check out more photos from Measure for Measure here.
[Photos courtesy of Gina Ziegler]