When depravity and debauchery threaten to corrode the whole of Vienna, a strong, willful, religious purist is handed the reigns of power in order to set things straight again. But is all as it seems? And will new power lead to moral purity, or to ultimate corruption? Shakespeare’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE is a brilliant play almost absurdly well-fashioned for our modern American age of divisive politics and legal retribution.
And even more exciting, The NOLA Project is proud to partner with PlayOn Shakespeare to present this production with a World Premiere new modern verse translation by playwright Adidi Brennan Kapil with support from the Hitz Foundation.
As a part of PlayOn Shakespeare, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival commissioned 36 playwrights—more than half are women and more than half are playwrights of color, each paired with a dramaturg—to translate Shakespeare’s works into contemporary modern English to celebrate the enduring impact of the Bard’s plays. These commissions challenge the playwrights to bring the same level of dramatic pressure and rigor of language to their work as is present in the originals, deepening our understanding and engagement with Shakespeare. The NOLA Project is excited to present this classic story and fresh modern translation, directed by Mark Routhier, in NOMA’s opulent Great Hall. Runs September 10-29 at NOMA.
This production is generously supported with a grant from the Hitz Foundation.