Theatreworks brings Shakespeare’s dark comedy “Measure for Measure” to Rock Ledge Ranch

COLORADO SPRINGS—Theatreworks continues its long-standing tradition of summer Shakespeare with “Measure for Measure,” opening June 26 in a festival tent at scenic Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. The production will open a month earlier than previous years to avoid summer thunderstorms.

Shakespeare’s dark comedy is set in a once-great city in decay. The Duke has abandoned his position and left control to his heavy-handed deputy, who immediately brings back the draconian laws of the past. In the chaos that ensues, drama and comedy collide as the characters attempt to navigate impossible moral choices. In a world gone mad, what would you do for the people you love?

Kathryn Walsh will direct. A Chicago-based artist, Walsh’s directing credits include work for Flint Repertory Theatre, Two Pence Theatre Company, and Northwestern University. She has also worked as a verse coach for many productions for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.

“This play shows us a world that’s broken. Nobody really knows what the law means, or is. Nobody really knows what will get you in trouble, or won’t. There are nuns in this play, but no God. There are judges in this play, but no justice. There is philosophy in this play, but no morality. There are arguments in this play, but no logic,” said Walsh. “Who’s in charge? What do you put your faith in?”

The cast features actors new to the Theatreworks stage: Annie Barbour (Isabella), Matt Holzfeind (Angelo), Abner Genece (Duke Vincentio) and Nicholas Ortiz (Lucio). They are joined by local favorites Sammie Joe Kinnett (Provost) and Jessica Austgen (Elbow).

The creative team includes Sanja Manakoski (costumes), Sean Mallary (lighting), Caroline Eng (sound), and Steve Baglio (props).

Tickets are now on sale at or through the box office at (719) 255-3232. “Measure for Measure” runs June 26–July 21 at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.

Associated Events

On June 30, before the Sunday evening performance, Theatreworks will host a discussion with special guests Dr. Michael Kim (Colorado College) and Dr. Patrick Yarnell (UCCS). The discussion will frame issues of ethics, leadership and gender in the play.

Theatreworks will host informal scholar chats before Thursday evening performances throughout the run. Sunday performances will include post-show conversations with members of the cast.

Theatreworks Launches Program to Bring Free Shakespeare to Pikes Peak Region

This summer, Theatreworks will bring The Bard to libraries, community centers, and other spots throughout the region. The new Free-For-All program will tour a free, 75-minute adaptation of “Comedy of Errors” in July and August.

Performance locations include:

  • July 13, 1:30 pm: Remington Park Mobile Library
  • July 20, 10:30 am: Rockrimmon Library
  • July 20, 1:30 pm: Fort Carson Library (not open to general public)
  • July 20, 4:30 pm: Hillside Community Center
  • July 21, 2:00 pm: Linbach Park in Monument
  • July 27, 10:00 am: Imagination Celebration in the Citadel Mall
  • July 27, 1:30 pm: Penrose Library
  • July 27, 6:00 pm: Deerfields Hills Community Center
  • July 28, 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm: Memorial Park in Manitou Springs
  • July 31, 3:00 pm: Pillar Institute for Lifelong Learning (not open to general public)
  • August 2, 4:00 pm: Old Colorado City Library
  • August 3, 1:30 pm: East Library


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