Montford Park Players, an Asheville theatrical tradition, is proud to announce their
upcoming production of Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare. The performances will be held at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater, located at 92 Gay Street in the heart of the
Montford region of Asheville, from August 5th through August 27th on Friday, Saturday and
Sunday evenings at 7:30pm. This performance like ALL of Montford Park Players’ shows will be absolutely FREE to attend.
Measure for Measure was last performed by Montford Park Players in 1997, so it is a
great opportunity to catch this one after such a long hiatus from the Amphitheatre stage. This particular production will be directed by Montford Park Players’ own Artistic Director, Scott Keel, who last helmed the wildly popular Much Ado about Nothing in June of this year.
The play will also star Michael MacCauley, best known for his work as an actor with NC
Stage Company, as Angelo. MacCauley will be coming off his directing of July’s Titus
Andronicus for Montford, and the company is extremely pleased with his presence this summer as both an actor and director. It’s hoped he will find the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre to be his classical theater home away from home.
Director, Scott Keel, has also been beside himself at the opportunity to direct a stellar
cast in a play about which he has said “has some of my favorite scenes in all of Shakespeare’s work.” He went on, “Many of Shakespeare’s plays are under-produced for various reasons, and then when fans get to see the show in its entirety, they get upset that they’ve waited so long to seek it out. Measure for Measure is one of those plays.”
Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays,” in which there is much
ado about mistaken identities, double dealings and unseemly conduct. Although played for
laughs, the story is rich and filled with wonderful scenes into which an audience can really sink their teeth. The show originally premiered in 1604 and, although not as produced as many of the Bard’s other comedies, has become somewhat of a cult favorite for many familiar with the entire canon. Montford Park Players urges both their regulars and the curious to not miss out.
The show also stars Trinity Smith, Devyn Ray, Jason Williams, John Mendenhall and many other Montford Park Payers and Asheville favorites.
Montford Park Players, has been presenting Shakespeare and other classical works to the
Asheville community since 1973, and has since grown to be one of Western North Carolina’s most beloved and well-known cultural attractions.
For more information or to reserve seats, go to montfordparkplayers.org, or call at (828)