Play reflects humanistic quality

By Deanna Frances

DeKalb | The NIU School of Theatre and Dance incorporates unique scenery in its production of William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.”

“Measure for Measure” tells the story of a duke who leaves the life of power and hands his title off to a young man named Angelo. Angelo resurrects many unenforced laws in the Catholic city of Vienna and sentences a young man named Claudio to death for impregnating an unwed woman.

This production is more unique in its staging and scenery than other versions, said cast member Matthew Romriell.

“The musical landscaping that our director, Alexander Gelman, has created is more of a jazz club style,” said Romriell, who plays Claudio. “The seating is much different than a regular theatre.”

Gelman said the production reflects the timeless qualities of human beings.

“‘Measure for Measure’ is a work of greatness,” Gelman said. “It’s about every complicated aspect of our lives that we deal with on an everyday basis.”

Graduate acting student Alys Bickerson, who plays Isabella, said the cast accurately incorporates the drama of life into the story.