Measure for Measure Program Information
Cast and Crew information for the University of Louisville Department of Theatre Arts Main Stage production of William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, directed by Rinda Frye.
In order of appearance
Duke Vincentio Conrad Newman
Escalus Matthew Rakestraw
Angelo Jake Beamer
Justice Megg Ward
Lucio Erik Lewis
1st Gentleman Patrick Bayne
2nd Gentleman Collin Hester
Mistress Overdone Beth Tantanella
Pompey Will Salmons
Claudio Amos Dreisbach
Juliette Renea Brown
Provost Jared White
Friar Thomas Spencer Scruggs
Isabella Ebony Jordon
Francisca Natalie Combs
Servant Shiela Wilson
Elbow Collin Hester
Froth Kimberly Hajdalenko
Mariana Jocelyn Matsuo
Singers Kimberly Hajdalenko, Shiela Wilson
Abhorson Spencer Scruggs
Barnardine Patrick Bayne
Friar Peter Kimberly Hajdalenko
Ladies of the night Kimberly Hajdalenko, Jessica Altes
Megg Ward, Natalie Combs
Understudy of Isabella Megg Ward
There will be one 15 minutes intermission.
The play is set in a time and place not unlike our own.
Measure for Measure is usually categorized by critics as a "problem play" because it does not fall neatly into traditional categories. Was it a tragedy, a comedy, or something entirely new? Initially I was attracted to the play initially because of the relationship between Isabella, a religious woman who wants to escape a sinful world, and Angelo, a religious man who is extremely repressed and is given more power than he knows how to handle. The release of his personal frustrations into sexual imposition in return for political favors seems very modern to me as if torn from our newspapers, most recently exemplified by the rehash of the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill scandal.
But as I began to work on the play, I was more and more drawn to the common people in the play, the Elizabethan underworld or thieves, knaves, and whores. Shakespeare pays more attention to them here than in almost any other play he wrote, and while he portrays them as amusing, they are also morally flawed, yet as deeply human as you or I. Indeed, this is not a play about villains and angels; every character in the play is flawed; all are deeply human.
As the play began to unfold itself during rehearsals, I became even more interested in the issues of justice that the play evokes. The thorny issue of authority and its abuses is most intriguing as it is one of the most difficult issues that any of us in the modern world have to contend with: that is, both our ability to submit to the authority of others, and to take authority upon ourselves. This is what drives the Duke throughout the play. Ironically, while he has the most lines, he's often the most overlooked of any of the characters. Critics and directors often see him as either young and foolish, or as manipulative and conniving. But I see him as a man who has difficulty accepting and wielding the power of his own authority. In the beginning he's much too soft hearted to enforce the laws he knows must be applied in order to sustain in a truly civil society, and so he abdicates his power to someone he thinks is stronger: Angelo. But the consequences of that decision teach him that authority is dangerous unless it is tempered with mercy and with knowledge of the people over whom he must rule.
Director: Rinda Frye
Scenic Design: Holly Sullivan
Lighting Design: Michael Hottois
Costume Design: Jessi Eichberger
Assistant Director: Beth Tantanella
Stage Manager: Brady Carnahan
Assistant Stage Manager: Edgardo Leon, Wanda Wolcott
Assistant Voice Coaches: Beth Tantanella, Will Salmons, Ebony Jordan, Conrad Newman, and Jared White
Technical Director: Garry Brown
Associate Technical Director/ Scene Shop Foreman: Charles A. Nasby
Scenic Construction: Hunter Allen, Patrick Bayne, Kelly Anne Bunch, James Coomer, Logan Dorne, Deanna Gillispie, Eric Goldschmidt, TA 240 Stagecraft I
Set Crew: Justin Collins
Production Buyer: Billy Flood
Costume Shop Manager: Melissa Shepherd
Assistant Costume Designer: Hannah Pruitt
Costume Construction: James Coomer, Jessi Eichberger, Amanda Hinds, Heather Holbert, Christine Leidner, Frances Lewis, Jocelyn Matsuo, Kendra Potts, Hannah Pruitt
Wardrobe Head: Frances Lewis
Wardrobe Crew: Mo Stucker
Properties Manager: Kathryn Blackburn
Properties Crew: Logan Dorne, Rebekah Roberts
Master Electricians: Ashley Beck, Nick Potter
Lighting Operator: Nick Phillips
Sound Engineer: Tommy Neville
Box Office Manager: Melanie Henry
House Manager: Frances Lewis
Acknowledgments: Phoenix Lighting and Sound
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Patrick Bayne (1st Gentleman, Barnardine), Hebron, KY, is a junior Theatre Arts major. Past productions at UofL include Jim in Wanda’s Visit (Studio Theatre), various roles in The Laramie Project, and Dennis Prior in Soldiers Circle. Past credits elsewhere include Bun Fu in Thoroughly Modern Millie at St. Henry District High School.
Jake Beamer (Angelo), Louisville, KY, is a first-year MFA student in Performance. He received his BA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky. This is his debut production at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Dracula in Dracula and Alex Gal in Rough Crossing, both at the California Theatre Center in Sunnyvale, CA, Jim in The Christmas Presence at the Woodford Theatre in Versailles, KY, and Saturninus in Titus Andronicus at the University of Kentucky. He is also trained in six weapons through the Society of American Fight Directors.
Renea Brown (Juliet), Lexington, KY is a freshman Theatre Arts major. This is her debut production at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Juror #10 in Twelve Angry Women, Fran in The Heidi Chronicles, McCavity in Cats, and Beth in Vanities, all at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts at Lafayette High School.
Natalie Combs (Francisca), Prestonsburg, KY, is a junior Theatre Arts major. She recently appeared in various roles in The Laramie Project. She also participated in the visual art program at the 2007 Governor’s School for the Arts.
Amos Dreisbach (Claudio), Louisville, KY, is a sophomore Theatre Arts major. He recently served as director of Wanda’s Visit (Studio Theatre), Assistant Director of The Laramie Project, and appeared as William/City Lord in As You Like It at UofL.
Kim Hajdalenko (Froth, Friar Peter), Louisville, KY, is a freshman making her theatre debut at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Balthasar/Friar Francis in Much Ado about Nothing at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, First Woman in Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread, Janet/Secretary in One Act Plays, and Chorus Member in This Is a Test, all with the River City Players at Atherton High School.
Collin Hester (Elbow, Second Gentleman), Berea, KY, is a freshman Theatre Arts major. This is his debut production at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Linus in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Ensemble in Hee Haw, and Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, all at the Berea Arena Theater, and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast at Berea Community High School. He also participated in the musical theatre program at the 2009 Governor’s School for the Arts.
Ebony Jordan (Isabella), Gainesville, GA, is a third-year MFA student in Performance. She earned her BA in Theatre from Brenau University and her AA in Speech & Drama from Gainesville State College. Past productions at UofL include Mona Lisa in A Song for Coretta, Bink in Come Down Burning, Elizabeth/Chloe/Emmeline in Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House, and Gertrude in Hamlet. Past credits elsewhere include Olympia in A Flea in Her Ear and various roles in Metamorphoses, both with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance, and Empress in The Emperor’s New Clothes, and Raksha in The Jungle Book with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance WonderQuest. This is her thesis performance.
Erik Lewis (Lucio), New York, NY, is a sophomore Theatre Arts major. This is his debut performance at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Heinsly in Pajama Game, Mr. Wells in Moonlight Room, Private Driscoll in Bury the Dead, and Braxton in Mighty Greats, all at N.C.C. Theatre.
Jocelyn Matsuo (Mariana), Salt Lake City, UT, is a first-year MFA student in Performance. This is her debut production at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Allison in Look Back in Anger at the Georgia Court Theater in Los Angeles, CA, Jocelyn in A Little of More at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, Hope in This Hope Box with The Poorhouse Theatre Company in Los Angeles, and Estelle in No Exit at Pomona College. She has certificates in Ballroom Dancing and Corporeal Mime and is trained in stage combat for four weapons.
Conrad Newman (Duke Vincentio), Greenville, KY, is a second-year MFA student in Performance. He earned his BA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky. Past productions at UofL include Keith in Betty’s Summer Vacation and Duke Senior in As You Like It. Past credits elsewhere include Demetrius in Titus Andronicus at the University of Kentucky, Daniel Boone with Blue Jacket Outdoor Drama and Peter Kinney in Johnny Appleseed with Johnny Appleseed Outdoor Drama, both with First Frontier Inc. in Xenia, Ohio.
David Patrick (Barnardine, First Gentleman), Louisville, KY, is a senior English major. This is his theatre debut.
Matthew Rakestraw (Escalus), Mayfield, KY, is a freshman Communications major. This is his debut production at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Lefou in Beauty and the Beast with the Purchase Players in Mayfield, KY, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, The Professor in South Pacific, and Eugene Fodor in Crazy for You, all at Graves County High School.
Will Salmons (Pompey), Tuckerton, NJ, is a second-year MFA student in Performance. Past productions at UofL include Mr. Vanislaw in Betty’s Summer Vacation and Jaques in As You Like It. Past credits elsewhere include Adam in The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Michael in The Lisbon Traviata, both with Reality Theatre, and Nana/Croc in Peter Pan and John in Sarah, Plain and Tall, both the Columbus Children’s Theatre in Columbus, OH.
Spencer Scruggs (Abhorson, Friar Thomas), Louisville, KY, is a freshman Theatre Arts major. He recently appeared at Harry in The Sea Horse (Studio Theatre) at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include The Lion in The Wiz, Dr. Paedagogus in Servant of Two Masters, and Mr. Bumble in Oliver!, all at Seneca High School, and Juror #10 in Twelve Angry Men with the Drama Focus Group of the Governor’s Scholar Program.
Beth Tantanella (Mistress Overdone), Colorado Springs, CO, is a second-year MFA student in Performance. She received her BA in Theatre and English from Adams State College. Past productions at UofL include various roles in The Laramie Project and Celia in As You Like It. Past credits elsewhere include Ensemble in Sizzlin’ Shakespeare for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Becca in Rabbit Hole, Cinderella in Cinderella, and Bun in The Love Talker at Adams State College. She is also a certified Yoga instructor.
Megg Ward (Servant, Courtier, etc.), Bloomington, IN, is a freshman making her UofL theatre debut. Past credits elsewhere include Jo March in Little Women and Gina in Play it Again, Sam, both at the Little Colonel Playhouse and Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both at South Oldham High School. She also participated in the new media program at the Governor’s School for the Arts.
Jared White (Provost), Rupert, ID, is a second-year MFA student in Performance. He received his BA from Adams State College. Past productions at UofL include various roles in The Laramie Project and Orlando in As You Like It. Past credits elsewhere include Nathan West in The Mystery Players and Doctor in Good at Adams State College, and Teen Angel in Grease and Man #2 in Lucky Stiff for the Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre.
Sheila Wilson (Lady, Courtier, etc.), Louisville, KY, is a high school student at YPAS. This is her debut production at UofL. She recently appeared as Verges in Much Ado About Nothing at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.
Holly Sullivan (Scenic Design) is a senior Fine Arts major and Theatre Arts minor. This is her debut scenic design. Previous production credits at UofL include Assistant Stage Manager for A Song for Coretta, Set Crew for As You Like It, Properties Crew for Come Down Burning and Soldiers Circle.
Jessi Alice Eichberger (Costume Design), Louisville, KY, is a senior double majoring in Fine Arts and Theatre Arts. Previous production credits at UofL include Costume Design for Betty’s Summer Vacation, Assistant Costume Designer for As You Like It, Makeup Assistant for Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the Whitehouse, and Assistant Stage Manager for Hamlet and Interrogating the Nude. She designed the Kentucky Shakespeare Competition T-Shirts for 2009-2010 and is presently working on redesigning shirts for the Frazier Arms Museum.
Michael F. Hottois (Lighting Design) is the resident Scenic and Lighting Designer for the Theatre Arts Department. He has recently designed scenery for A Song for Coretta; Betty’s Summer Vacation; Soldiers Circle; Hamlet; Cage Rhythm; Interrogating the Nude, and many others. Over the past few summers he designed Always, Patsy Cline; All Shook Up; The Producers; Ain’t Misbehavin’; and No, No, Nanette for the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in New York. His credits as a scenic artist include the films Boris and Natasha and Closetland, as well as Soul of the Game for HBO. He is also a member of United Scenic Artists Union, Local 829.
Brady Carnahan (Stage Manager), Tompkinsville, KY, is a sophomore Theatre Arts major. He recently appeared in various roles in The Laramie Project. Past credits elsewhere include Stage Manager for the Juneteenth Legacy Theatre’s 11th Annual Jamboree in Louisville, KY, Hitler Youth in And Then They Came for Me with the Kentucky Repertory Theatre in Horse Cave, KY, and Lenny Ganz in Rumors with the Monroe Youth Theatre in Tompkinsville KY.
Wanda Wolcott (Assistant Stage Manager), Louisville, KY is an Administrative Associate at UofL and is making her theatre debut.