The Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts, located in the Jones Theater in Westcliffe, presented a one-day-only showing of their summer Shakespeare production “Measure for Measure” at the Rialto Theater. We had a great turnout and the performers did an amazing job. The costumes and scenery were very well-done.
The Rialto theater was really excited to have this opportunity to host the amazing crew from the Jones Theater. We hope this can be an ongoing partnership with this amazing group from Westcliffe.
Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure follows the adventures of the Duke of Vienna, who announces he is leaving on a foreign mission, handing power temporarily over to his deputy, Angelo. Instead of leaving, however, the Duke remains in Vienna, watching as Angelo focuses his reformatory zeal on a young man named Claudio, arresting him for fornication and condemning him to death. When Claudio’s sister Isabella, a novice nun about to take her vows, comes to Angelo to plead for her brother’s life, the deputy’s own moral corruption is revealed. The Duke, in disguise, stage-manages the action that follows, and arranges his own form of justice for all parties involved in a suspenseful denouement.