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Spring Arts Series Opens With "Measure for Measure"

January 7, 2011

How do you choose between saving your brother's life and saving your virtue? This is the dilemma that Isabella, a novice nun, faces in Shakespeare's classic "Measure for Measure." Join Averett as it opens its spring 2011 arts series with a performance by the American Shakespeare Center on Tour at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in Pritchett Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

In "Measure for Measure" Claudio, a young nobleman is unofficially married to Juliet. This causes some problems because as a poor couple, they did not announce the bans in advance. In overlooking this technicality, Claudio is imprisoned and sentenced to die. In an effort to save his life he pleads to his sister, Isabella, to intercede with the judge who has sentenced him to die. Afraid to lose her brother, she visits the judge, only to be caught in a dilemma of her own. The judge will spare her brother's life, if she will sleep with him. Torn, Isabella refuses, putting her brother's head on the chopping block. Will Claudio be saved? How can Isabella live with herself knowing she has sentenced her brother to certain death? Come find out for yourself.

The American Shakespeare Center on Tour is the touring arm of the American Shakespeare Center and the Blackfriars Playhouse. The center, which is located in Staunton, hosts an internationally acclaimed theatre company that performs Shakespeare's works under their original staging conditions - on a simple stage, without elaborate sets, and with the audience sharing the same light as the actors.

For more information about the performance call 434-791-5600.