Brown Box Theatre to return with free Shakespeare outdoors


Brown Box Theatre Project recently announced its ninth consecutive year of free outdoor Shakespeare with what they described as the troupe’s largest and most ambitious production yet: “Measure for Measure.”

Brown Box, under the direction of Executive Artistic Director and Co-Founder Kyler Taustin, will tour Shakespeare’s tale of power, corruption, virtue and honor down the East Coast as part of a seven-week tour to 27 outdoor venues in 35 communities — 18 in Delmarva, Aug. 29 through Sept. 21.

All “Measure for Measure” performances are free, outdoors and open to all audiences; no tickets are needed. Lawn seating, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Visit www.brownboxtheatre.org for full performance schedule and rain locations. Due to mature themes, the show is recommended for those 13 or older with the advisory of a parent.

“For nine years, Brown Box has been committed to sharing free Shakespeare, discussing his views on love and war, on human civility, and on power in its many forms and abuses,” said Executive Artistic Director Kyler Taustin. “‘Measure for Measure’ is hauntingly relevant to today’s society in its portrayals of power, corruption, abuse of law, and misguided expectations surrounding gender roles.”

“Measure for Measure” questions what happens when corruption reaches the highest level of court. A duke in disguise leaves the fate of his people in the hands of a ruthless judge. A loyal sister is faced with an important decision: save the life of her brother, or uphold her honor? Shakespeare shows what man, seduced by power, is capable of when he thinks no one is watching. In Measure for Measure, we are made to question our own principles and idea of “the greater good.” Should we all be judged measure for measure?

Measure for Measure will be fully staged in each location, and will feature professional artists, designers, and actors including: Sarah Boess as “Isabella,” Spencer Parli Tew as “Angelo,” Chris Kandra as “Duke,” Drew Cleveland as “Claudio,” Francis Norton as “Lucio,” Tanya Avendaño Stockler as “Provost,” Tim Colee as “Escalus,” Aislinn Brophy as “Marianna” and Ivy Ryan as “Julietta.”

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of a 7 p.m. start time for the Aug. 29 performance at the Freeman Stage in West Fenwick. Other local performances include Aug. 31 on Main Street in Berlin, Md.; Sept. 8 in Sunset Park, Ocean City, Md.; Sept. 11 at Holts Landing near Millville; Sept. 19 at Northside Park in Ocean City; and Sept. 21 at the Lewes Public Library.