Measure for Measure

October 21

November 27, 2022

CST's Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by Henry Godinez

★★★★ Immersive & vibrant...its Cuban setting is immensely vivid, specific & universal

Chicago Sun-Times

A major achievement... the work of a mature director; a personal capstone. Highly entertaining!

Chicago Tribune


“Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.” Celebrated director Henry Godinez brings Shakespeare’s searing play to vivid life amidst the glamour, music, and sensuality of 1950s Cuba, just before Fidel Castro seizes power. Havana is the carefree playground of the rich, the famous—and the corrupt—while a revolution brews. As the city sinks into moral disrepair, the Duke hands power to Angelo, who zealously enforces an archaic statute of chastity. When Isabel comes to plead for mercy for her condemned brother Claudio, the depths of raw power’s depravity are shockingly revealed.

Arrive early to immerse yourself in the sultry world of the play, as the Courtyard Theater transforms into a dazzling Havana nightclub. Enjoy performances of mambo, bolero, and Afro-Cuban jazz in a mood-setting prologue to the production.





Projected Spanish Translation: Tuesday, November 15 7:30 p.m.
captioned by c2

Open Captioning: Wed, November 16 1:00 & 7:30 p.m.
captioned by c2

ASL Duo-interpretation: Fri, November 18 7:30 p.m.
interpretation by Elizabeth Bartlow Breslin (CI/CT), Shelia Kettering (CI/CT)

Audio Description: Sun, November 20 2:00 p.m.
described by Jason Harrington


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A Conversation with the Director

“In the world of our play, Mistress Overdone’s brothel is really a nightclub, where you can find beautiful girls, beautiful boys—whatever the movie stars and rich people are looking for.”
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A Scholar’s Perspective

“It depicts a society on the cusp of revolution. The laws are so strict that those in power violate the very laws they are tasked to uphold and consequently fear enforcing them on others.”
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The Players

Creative Team

Henry Godinez Director

Rasean Davonté Johnson Scenic & Projection Designer

Raquel Adorno  Costume Designer

María-Cristina Fusté Lighting Designer

André Pluess Sound Designer

Richard Jarvie Hair & Make-up Designer

Orbert Davis Music Director/Arrangements/Composition

Jorge Amado Molina Co-Arrangements & Composition

Melissa Blanco Borelli Movement Designer

Lia Mortensen Verse Coach

Sarah Scanlon Intimacy Director

Maya Vinice Prentiss Fight Choreographer

Maria de Los Angeles Torres Dramaturg

Hamid Dehghani Assistant Director

Aly Easton Access Coordinator

Alyssa Mohn Associate Scenic Designer

Michael Commendatore Associate Projection Designer

Joseph E. Disbrow Associate Sound Designer

Meike Schmidt Assistant Lighting Designer

Parker Langvardt Projection Programmer

Bob Mason Casting Director

Jinni Pike Production Stage Manager

Shannon Golden-Starr Assistant Stage Manager, through October 16

Elisabeth Schapmann Assistant Stage Manager, beginning October 16


Debo Balogun Barnardine

Kierra Bunch Francesca

Kidany Camilo Espuma

Andrés Enriquez Claudio

Alejandra Escalante Mariana

Joe Foust Elbow

Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel Isabel

Kevin Gudahl Duke

Elizabeth Ledo Pompey

Gregory Linington Lucio

Sándor Menéndez Abhorson

Felicia Oduh Julietta

Adam Poss Angelo

Ana Santos Mistress Overdone

Robert Schleifer Provost

Lanise Antoine Shelley Escalus

Ajax Dontavius Understudy

Tina El Gamal Understudy

Dani Goldberg Understudy

Sonia Goldberg Understudy

Jalbelly Guzmán Understudy

Joseph Aaron Johnson Understudy

Michael Joseph Mitchell Understudy

Jeff Parker Understudy

John Payne Understudy

Laila Rodriques Understudy

Arik Vega Understudy

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