Free Outdoor Shakespeare returns to Lakewood

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Free Outdoor Shakespeare returns to Lakewood

Postby Brian Pedaci » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:56 am

The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival returns to Lakewood Park on July 27-28 at 7pm.

On Saturday, July 27, we present Measure for Measure, Shakespeare's dark comedy of sex, power and morality. The Duke of Vienna turns the reins of power over to his protégé Angelo to enforce long-neglected codes of moral conduct. When a novice nun comes to plead for the life of her condemned brother, Angelo’s shockingly hypocritical response is to make an ‘indecent proposal’ that leaves Isabella to choose between her brother’s life and her salvation. Isabella’s only ally is a friar, in reality the Duke in disguise, and he has a plan. CSF Artistic Director Tyson Douglas Rand sets the play in a Vienna reminiscent of New Orleans, with the competing strains of gospel and jazz music in the air.

On Sunday, July 28, it's Two Gentlemen of Verona. This is Shakespeare’s earliest comedy but includes many of the same elements we recognize from his later plays – cross-dressing disguises, madcap comic servants, witty banter and absurd love triangles. Young Proteus bids a tearful goodbye to Verona and his girlfriend Julia to join his lifelong friend Valentine in service of the Duke of Milan, where he immediately falls in love with Valentine’s beloved, Silvia. Julia dresses as a boy, travels to Milan and is employed as Proteus’ page, where she finds herself in the unenviable position of being the liaison between her boyfriend and his new girlfriend. Director Pandora Robertson adds a fairytale setting and a physical style reminiscent of Commedia dell’Arte.


Bring a chair or blanket if you like, or take advantage of the benches at the Lakewood Park bandstand.

More information is available at, email or just post your question here!
Isabella (Faith Whitacre) pleads to Angelo (Justin Brenis) while friend Lucio (Kyle Huff) looks on in Measure for Measure
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Silvia (Hillary Wheelock) separates suitors Thurio (Steven Schuerger) and Valentine (Joseph Dunn) in Two Gentlemen of Verona
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