Chicago Shakespeare Theatre to Stage Measure for Measure, Jan. 7-March 20

News   Chicago Shakespeare Theatre to Stage Measure for Measure, Jan. 7-March 20 Chicago Shakespeare has announced the cast of its Jan. 7-March 20, 2005, production of Measure for Measure, as well as the remainder of its season.

Heading the Bard's so-called "problem" play about trust, lust, power and morality are CST veteran Greg Vinkler as the manipulative Duke Vincentio; Jay Whittaker as the seemingly upright Angelo; Sean Fortunato as Lucio; Kevin Gudahl as Pompey; Felicia P. Fields as Mistress Overdone; Dana Green as the tested Isabella; Daniel Allar as Barnardine; Patrick Clear as Escalus; Will Clinger as Elbow; Dan Loftus as Friar; James Vincent Meredith as Provost; Matt Schwader as Claudio; Robert Scogin as Abhorson; Tom Taylor as Gentleman; Karissa Vacker as Juliet; Karen Woditsch as Mariana; Gary Wingert as the Pianist; and Lili-Anne Brown, Page Deulin, Dan Kenney, Brian Koester and Amy Matheny rounding out the ensemble. CST artistic director Barbara Gaines is at the helm. Gaines has set the production at the start of the 20th century. The design intergrates "the imperialist glamour of the late 1800s reign of Franz Josef and the art of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec."

Upcoming attractions at the theatre will include the world premiere of Shozo Sato's Kabuki Lady Macbeth, beginning in mid-March; and Romeo and Juliet, staged by Mark Lamos (The Rivals), making his Chicago directorial debut, beginning in early April.

For further information about Chicago Shakespeare Theater, call (312) 595-5600 or visit the theatre's website at www.chicagoshakes.com.