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Ohio Northern University presents Shakespeare’s ‘Measure for Measure’

Feb 6, 2014

The Ohio Northern University Freed Center for the Performing Arts presents William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” from Thursday, Feb. 20, to Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. In addition, there will be two matinee performances: Saturday, Feb. 22, and Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. A post-show discussion with the company will be held after the afternoon performance on Saturday, Feb. 22.

In the play, immorality pervades the streets of Vienna. Temporary governor Angelo sentences a young man to death for fornication in an attempt to reassert the rule of law. But Angelo’s own morals come into question when a beautiful, novice nun named Isabella pleads with Angelo for the life of this sinner, her own brother, Claudio. “Measure for Measure” explores the issues of mercy, justice and truth and their relationship to pride and humility: “Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.”

The cast includes Jennifer Barnaba (Isabella), a junior musical theatre and music double major from Spring Valley, Ohio; Mike Burke (The Provost), a senior theatre major from North Canton, Ohio; Kayla Burress (Lucio), a junior musical theatre major from Cincinnati, Ohio; Anne Cape (Marianna), a sophomore musical theatre major from Naples, Fla.; Trevor Dorner (Angelo), a junior musical theatre major from Perrysburg, Ohio; David James Grant (Claudio), a sophomore music theatre major and dance minor from Medina, Ohio; Sarah Keune (Mistress Overdone), a sophomore musical theatre major and arts administration minor from Perrysburg, Ohio; Charles Levine (Elbow), a sophomore musical theatre major from San Jose, Calif.; Sara Ohm (Juliet), a sophomore theatre and language arts education double major from New Albany, Ohio; Zane Sade (The Duke), a senior theatre major from Churubusco, Ind.; Isaac Steinhour (Escalus), a junior international theatre production, musical theatre, and French triple major from Findlay, Ohio; Timothy Swaim (Pompey), a sophomore musical theatre major from Oregon, Ohio; and Chase Zimmerman (Froth/Abhorson), a junior computer science major from Marysville, Ohio.

John Armstrong, assistant professor of theatre at ONU, is directing the production, and Troy Hourie, a scenographer and installation artist, is overseeing the scenic design. Filling out the design team are Paula Unrae, ONU interim costume designer, and Kathleen E. DeVault, ONU lighting designer and production manager.

Tickets for this event are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for ONU faculty and staff, and $5 for children and ONU students. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with American Express, MasterCard, VISA or Discover by calling 419-772-1900. Tickets also are available online at