April 15, 2016
Louisburg College will take part in a special event to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, as the North Carolina Museum of History and Burning Coal Theatre Company present the Shakespeare Marathon, April 23-28. Various theatre companies throughout the state have been chosen to read one of Shakespeare’s plays during this non-stop, around-the-clock event at the Museum of History in Raleigh.
The Louisburg College drama program has been selected to present Measure For Measure at 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 26. The public is invited to attend this event.
Wally Hurst, director of Louisburg College’s Norris Theatre, held public auditions for roles in February. Cast members include Dr. Mark La Branche, Louisburg College President, and Walter Williamson ‘68, who is serving as Artist-in-Residence during the spring semester.
Measure for Measure is often called one of Shakespeare's problem plays. It was, and continues to be, classified as a comedy, though at times its tone and setting defy those expectations. The plot revolves around The Duke Vincentio of Verona, who says he is leaving but in fact stays behind to see the doings of the man he left in charge, the very strict judge Angelo.
Many plots lines are skillfully interwoven by Shakespeare: Claudio, sentenced to death because of the pregnancy of his betrothed Juliet; Isabella, Claudio’s sister, who pleads with Angelo to spare Claudio’s life: Mariana, engaged to Angelo and willing to participate in a scheme with Isabella to win Claudio’s freedom; and even Mistress Overdone, proprietor of the most successful brothel in Verona, who seemingly has a hand in every plot in the show. It is a tale of stern justice and deceit on a grand scale, told in the beautiful language of Shakespeare.
“We are delighted with this opportunity to perform one of Shakespeare’s plays as part of this historic event, and honored to have been chosen to read such a fascinating and challenging play in Measure for Measure,” said Hurst. “We hope to stage an entertaining and engaging performance of this difficult and meaningful masterpiece.”