“Some rise by sin and others by virtue fall.”
BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE | DIRECTED BY KYLER TAUSTIN
Massachusetts: August 9-25 | Delmarva: August 29-September 22
Performances begin at 7:30pm* | no reservations required
*unless otherwise specified in calendar below
Free Outdoor Shakespeare returns with political tragicomedy Measure for Measure. What happens when corruption reaches the highest level of court? Explore the price of principle, and witness what happens when the law is bent by those who serve to uphold it. 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? Join us for Shakespeare’s timeless tale of deception, virtue, and honor, and decide for yourself whether justice is served.
All Measure for Measure performances are free, outdoors, and open to all audiences; no tickets are needed. Lawn seating, blankets, and lawn chairs welcome.
Funding for Brown Box Theater Project’s 2019 free Shakespeare tour of Measure for Measure is provided in part by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Worcester County Arts Council, Fall River Cultural Council, Webster Cultural Council, and Somerset County Arts Council – organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.
Produced by Ashley Cabral and Geena Forristall
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Kyler Taustin – DIRECTOR
Ashley Cabral – PRODUCER
Ashley Cabral (Associate Producer): Ashley holds a B.A. in Psychology from Rhode Island College. She currently works as a Behavior Therapist for children on the Autism Spectrum and loves every second. Ashley was involved in a variety of productions during high school and college. After a long hiatus from the theatre world, Ashley is thrilled to be a part of the Brown Box administrative team.
Geena M. Forristall – ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Geena M. Forristall (Associate Producer) is a Boston area artist working in theatre, dance, and TV/film. She’s previously worked for companies such as Lyric Stage, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Off The Grid, Company One, Punchdrunk NYC/Emursive, and the international tour of Kultar’s Mime. Geena has a personal commitment to accessibility, inclusivity, and diversity in the arts, and works toward a goal of universal arts access. She’s a proud alumna of Hofstra University, where she holds a BFA in Theatre Arts Production.
Shauwna Grillo – STAGE MANAGER
Shauwna Grillo (Stage Manager): This is Shauwna’s first production with BBTB, and she is thrilled to be part of keeping Shakespeare’s legacy alive! Shauwna is based in Boston, where she has worked with Speakeasy Stage Company, Emerson College, Bridge Repertory Theater, Opera del West, and Greater Boston Stage Company, among others. She considers GBSC something of her “home base”, having worked on over a dozen mainstage productions in the past three years as both a Production Assistant and properties master, and collaborating frequently with The Young Company there as a stage and production manager and properties master.
Cassandra West – PRODUCTION MANAGER
Cassandra West (Production Manager) is thrilled to work with Brown Box Theatre Project once again! Cassandra has written, produced and directed theater in Boston’s North Shore, New York, and Cleveland. Past Brown Box projects include: As You Like It and Broadway Jukebox. Other recent credits include The Star: A Nativity Story (5th Wall Theatre), Mira La Mer (CPT), and Don’t Look (Turn To Flesh Theatre). Cassandra currently serves as the Associate Producer for The Rockwell Theatre in Davis Square.
Michael Costa – TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Michael Costa (Technical Director): Being his first time working with Brown Box Theatre, Michael is very excited for new connections and experiences. He recently moved to Long Island, NY where he is a professor for the Technical Theatre Division at Five Towns College. He also has served as Master Carpenter and Technical Director at companies all over New England such as: Acadia Repertory Theatre, Barnstormers Theatre, and College Light Opera Company.
Joey Guthman – LIGHTING DESIGNER
Chelsea Kerl – COSTUME DESIGNER
Abby – SCENIC DESIGNER & PROPERTIES DESIGNER
Abby (Scenic Designer & Props Designer) is so happy to be returning to Brown Box for a third time as the scenic and props designer for Measure for Measure. Her scenic design credits include As You Like It, Hotel Nepenthe (Brown Box Theatre Project); Heritage Hill Naturals (Fresh Ink Theatre); The Revolutionists (The Nora Theater Company); An Education in Prudence (Open Theatre Project); Enter Laughing (Salem State University). Props Design credits include Allegiance, Shakespeare in Love, Men on Boats (SpeakEasy Stage Co.); Much Ado About Nothing, Exit the King and Julius Caesar (Actors’ Shakespeare Project). Abby is a graduate of Emerson College.
Sarah Boess as Isabella
Sarah Boess (Isabella) is thrilled to be joining Brown Box Theatre Project for the first time in this production of Measure for Measure! She is a recent BFA graduate from Boston University School of Theatre where she concentrated in Acting and Directing. Previous acting credits include: Chicago at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman, The Honey Trap at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and Angels in America at Boston University’s Booth Theatre. Previous directing credits include: Mouthful of Birds by Caryl Churchill, The Great God Pan by Amy Herzog, and Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph.
For more information visit SarahBoess.com or on instagram @Sarah.Boess
Spencer Parli Tew as Angelo
Spencer Parli Tew (Angelo) is overjoyed to be working his 4th production with Brown Box, having previously played Duke Senior in As You Like It, King Hamlet’s Ghost in Hamlet and Henry Harry in Brilliant Traces. Originally from Indiana, Spencer moved to Boston to obtain his BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University. Some of his favorite post-graduate credits include Anthem Theatre Company’s productions of The Merry Way (Maelgywn), and Twelfth Night of the Living Dead (Malvolio) and Arts After Hours production of The Texas Chainsaw Musical (Eddy Gee) for which he and the cast were chosen to record the official Soundtrack.
Chris Kandra as Duke
Chris Kandra (Duke) is thrilled to be returning to Brown Box Theatre Project for Measure for Measure! Chris graduated from Salem State University in 2017 and is a current resident of Boston, MA. Previous credits include: The Christmas Revels: An American Celebration of the Winter Solstice (Revels Theatre Company), The Importance of Being Earnest (Firehouse Center for the Arts), As You Like It (Brown Box Theatre Project), Dancing at Lughnasa (Gloucester Stage), Othello and To Kill a Mockingbird (Classic Repertory Company 2018 tour). Chris loves bringing Shakespeare and Theatre to anyone and everyone and hopes you enjoy the show!
Drew Cleveland as Claudio
Hailing from the great state of Maine, Drew (Claudio) earned his Theatre Arts degree at Gordon College before moving to Boston. He is delighted to be working with Brown Box again, after playing Orlando in their production of As You Like It last year. Some of his favorite past roles include Owen in Translations and Antonio Salieri in Amadeus. He is immeasurably grateful to his family, who adamantly encourages his passion for the arts and empowers him to do what he loves.
Francis Norton as Lucio
Francis Xavier Norton (Lucio) is thrilled to be making their Brown Box debut. They are a Latinx theatre-maker, composer, visual artist, and educator with credits from SpeakEasy Stage Company, Greater Boston Stage Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Fresh Ink Theatre, Praxis Stage, Apollinaire Theatre Company, Boston Conservatory, MIT Shakespeare Ensemble, Rebel Shakespeare, Ridiculous Project, amongst others. They are also a teaching artist for the Lyric Stage/Citystage Spotlight program. They were a finalist for the KCACTF SDC directing fellowship in 2017, a KCACTF Dramaturgy nominee, a recipient of two Special Recognition awards, and a BFA in Theatre Performance from Salem State University.
Tim Colee as Escalus
Tim Colee is thrilled to be making his Brown Box Theatre Project debut. Past credits include Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Snowball (Animal Farm), Cassio (Othello), Sebastian (Twelfth Night), Ebenezer Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), and Marcellus Washburn (The Music Man). Tim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre and a minor in Communications from The University of West Florida. Tim is very excited to be joining the ensemble in bringing free Shakespeare to communities throughout Boston and the Delmarva area. He would also like to thank his parents, and his wonderful girlfriend Lindsey for all their love and support.
Aislinn Brophy as Marianna
Aislinn Brophy is an actress and arts administrator based in the Boston area. She graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in Theater, Dance & Media, and is excited to have been a part of Theater, Dance & Media’s very first graduating class. Recent theater credits include Cloud 9 (Central Square Theater), A Story Beyond (Liars and Believers), Heritage Hill Naturals (Fresh Ink Theatre) and Red and the Wolf (Fresh Fruit Festival).
Ivy Ryan as Julietta
Ivy Ryan (Julietta) is overjoyed to make her Brown Box debut! Regional credits: Antony and Cleopatra (Virginia Arts Festival); Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof (New Repertory Theatre); Move Your Face (Boston Theater Company); Nomad Americana (Fresh Ink Theatre); NSFW (Theatre on Fire); The Scarlet Letter, Romeo and Juliet (Classic Repertory Company). She has developed new plays for companies including Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Bridge Repertory Theater. Ms. Ryan trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Shakespeare & Company, and is a graduate of Boston University’s BFA Acting program. Endless love to my mom & bicoastal support system. ivyryan.com.
Lighting Design by Sam Biondolillo
Samuel J. Biondolillo (Lighting Designer) has designed over sixty productions working with various companies Off-Broadway, regionally in the Boston area, and in his home state of Vermont including Infinity Repertory Company, Arch Ballet Dance, Moonbox Productions and FlynnArts. He is the production manager for Ballet Theatre Company of Hartford and the FlynnArts summer series. Sam graduated from Boston College with a BA in Theatre Arts and is a graduate student of lighting design at the University of Connecticut. SJBLightingDesign.com.