An intellectual drama, a history play, a tragedy and a comedy fill out the schedule for Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park's 2013 summer season. The acclaimed theater company, which was founded in 1985, produces bold, reimagined, entertaining and accessible interpretations of Shakespearean plays and other classics.
The season opens Thursday with “Measure for Measure.” This early 17th century play focuses on Isabella, a young woman planning to enter the convent. She must choose between her vows to the church and the life of her brother when she is offered an indecent proposal from a man on a crusade against Vienna's loose morality.
Shakespeare puts hypocritical, ethical and religious double standards on trial in this captivating examination of the value of virtue. Directed by D. Lance Marsh, “Measure for Measure” continues through June 22.
Shawn Churchman will direct Jean Anouilh's “Ring Round the Moon,” a comedy about twin brothers, scheduled June 27 through July 13. When one brother thinks his twin is entering a loveless marriage, he plans an evening of charades to save his sibling.
What follows is a night of mistaken identities and misguided love affairs with unexpectedly happy results. Filled with charm and sparkling wit, “Ring Round the Moon” is a lavish romp where fairy-tale dreams come true.
The season continues July 25-28 with “King John,” a late 16th century history play about the battle between the British monarch and King Philip of France. The latter demands that King John abdicate the throne in favor of Prince Arthur, the son of King John's late brother Geoffrey. Directed by Rob Gallavan, “King John” provides an insightful debate on the issue of preserving one's morality in the face of great political pressure.
The season concludes Sept. 12-28 with “King Lear,” Shakespeare's tale of a king and his three daughters. One of the most powerful dramas in Western literature, “King Lear” explores the most basic questions of human existence: love and duty, friendship and betrayal, leadership and loyalty, destiny and the overwhelming inevitability of a life nearing its end. Kathryn McGill directs.
“Measure for Measure,” “Ring Round the Moon” and “King Lear” will be staged at the Myriad Gardens Water Stage, 301 W Reno. Curtain times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. “King John” will be presented at 8 p.m. July 25-27 and 2:30 p.m. July 28 in Oklahoma City University's Burg Theatre, 2501 N Blackwelder.
For more information, call 235-3700 or go online to www.oklahomashakespeare.com.