What to do: Check out Repercussion Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park

For the first time in its 31-year history, Repercussion Theatre is presenting William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure for its summer tour of Shakespeare-in-the-Park, visiting Montreal and surrounding area parks from July 11 to August 11, 2019.

Also a first is that the text which, for the past three years has been translated into French and accessible on smartphones for Francophone fans of the Bard, is now available in English as well, enabling Anglophone audiences to follow the artful language, courtesy of Plank Design.

Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare’s later plays, written at the start of the reign of King James, and around the same year that said monarch began work on his version of the Bible. In the play, the Duke of Vienna, concerned by his city’s moral depravity, puts his sternest deputy, Lord Angelo, in charge. Angelo immediately launches a massive cleanse of the Renaissance “sin city” while the Duke roams the streets in disguise, to observe his social experiment. Lord Angelo’s inflexible approach to law enforcement condemns Juliet’s fiancé, Claudio, to death for the crime of impregnating her out of wedlock, despite their impending marriage. When Claudio’s sister, the virtuous and chaste Isabella, begs Lord Angelo to spare her brother’s life, her beauty and his newly granted power corrupt his judicial impartiality, and he makes an impossible proposal to a woman about to become a nun. In the end, everyone escapes mostly unscathed, while the audience is left to ponder whether justice has truly been served.

For more info, visit repercussiontheatre.com.

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