Measure for Measure
In the shadows of Vienna's darkened streets, a timeless tale of power, desire, and deception unfolds. Justice teeters on a precipice as a virtuous city official wrestles with his own morality. In the relentless grip of corruption, will he sacrifice his principles to protect the one he loves? In this gripping Shakespearean drama, secrets lurk, hearts collide, and the scales of fate tremble. Step into the enigmatic world of "Measure for Measure," where the boundary between sin and virtue blurs, and the pursuit of justice becomes a high-stakes game of passion and intrigue. Prepare to be captivated, for the night holds more than what meets the eye...
GA Tickets are $15, and VIP Tickets are $25
VIP includes table seating and a free premium cocktail.
Doors open at 7:00 pm and the show starts at 7:30 pm
The show is led and curated by Sophie Murk, Wyatt McCall, and Hayley Procacci, who, as a part of the company’s mission, are also part of the acting ensemble.
In this production of Measure for Measure, The Olde School Shakespeare Collective brings the audience into the story of a religious community in crisis. The leader has abandoned them and left the stringent Angelo in his place. His brutal attempt to eliminate debauchery ignites the community in a counter-quest for justice led by the purest soul of all, Isabella. When Shakespeare wrote the story, he was inspired by the Catholic reign in Vienna. Today, Olde School Shakes chooses to tell this story through the lens of a fundamentalist evangelicalism.
“In 2018, two of the biggest megachurch leaders in the nation fell from grace and stepped down due to allegations of sexual misconduct and financial embezzlement in the Chicago suburbs. Church by church, we see the same thing happening all over the country,” says The Olde School Shakespeare Collective co-founder, Sophie Murk. “How do we find right and wrong once we no longer trust the institution that’s always ruled us? This production attempts to find the answers by being us the story of Isabella, a devout Christian who strives to fight for the redemption of her sister and save her life, but she encounters a hypocritical proposition as her only choice, pressing her to ask us ‘did I tell this, who would believe me?’”
Olde School Shakes invites and encourages audience engagement and participation, reminiscent of the groundlings and playhouses of Elizabethan England with a modern twist. Enjoy some drinks and revelry in the back room at Redline VR, and don’t just watch the story, but help make it happen.
Meet the Cast
Stephanie Neuerburg is a Chicago-based actor, writer, and tour guide. Some favorite roles include Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Montana Shakespeare), Anne Brontë in The Art of Sisters (Vision Productions), Ella in Ella Enchanted (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), and Sue Trinder in Fingersmith (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Her poetry has been featured in dirt child, Okay Donkey, & Lazy Women literary magazines, and her original play Science Night was a national finalist for the John Cable Outstanding Short Play Award. She is also the host & producer of The Saddest Case of Celibacy in the West, the ghost town road trip podcast. When not performing, she works as a docent on the architecture boat tours on the Chicago River. Stephanie is excited to make her Olde School Shakes debut! www.stephanieneuerburg.com
Craig Duff is a national Emmy award-winning video journalist, documentary filmmaker and professor who is taking a second chance on his first love of theatre. This production marks his return to the stage after a few decades chasing a different career. In his younger acting days, Craig’s favorite roles included: Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire; Thomas in The Lady’s Not for Burning; Henry VIII in Royal Gambit; Henry David in The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail; Arnolphe in Moliere’s The School for Wives; Teddy Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace; Preacher/Judge in The Rimers of Eldritch; Vernon in They’re Playing our Song, and several others, including the Shakespearean roles of Macduff and Petruchio. Craig serves on the advisory board for Invictus Theatre Company in Chicago. For his day job, Craig is a professor at the Medill school at Northwestern University, where he leads the video and broadcast specialization in the graduate journalism program.
David is thrilled to FINALLY get to tackle this whole play. Selected Chicago credits include New Faces Sing Broadway 1984 (Porchlight Music Theatre), And Neither Have I Wings to Fly (First Folio), The Winter’s Tale (Oak Park Festival Theatre), Hundred Days (Kokandy), Hello Again (Theo Ubique), Southern Gothic (Windy City Playhouse), and Tug of War: Civil Strife (Chicago Shakespeare).
Jen Sinnen is a Chicago-based theatre artist and educator. Chicago credits include: Twelfth Night with Old School Shakes, Murder in Residence with Chicago Dramatists, and Games with Theatre Unspeakable. Jen is also an educator within the Chicago Public School system and currently teaches K-8 Theatre.
Micah Mabey is thrilled to be making their Olde School Shakes debut. Mid-west born & raised. Musician & digital artist. @micahutonline on most social platforms.
Previous credits: Hamlet with Bubbles (Horatio) conceived through Parallel 45 Theatre, Chicago All-Stars Romeo & Juliet (Romeo), and Pigeon Creek Shakespeare’s King Lear (Edgar). Assistant Director for Princess Ivona at Trapdoor Theatre.
As always, Micah would like to thank their buddy Norm for the constant inspiration
Pompey, u/s Angelo
Jack is an actor, teaching artist, and social worker. OSSC credits: Twelfth Night (Malvolio). He holds a BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work at Loyola University Chicago.
Gwyneth Clare is thrilled to be making her debut with the Olde School Shakespeare Collective! She is an actress, book lover, and tennis enthusiast from Dayton, Ohio who graduated in 2020 from Ball State University with a BFA in Acting. Most recently, Gwyneth performed with The Contemporary Theatre of Ohio as #00 in their spring production of The Wolves (directed by Aviva Neff). When she is not onstage, you can find her being weird elsewhere. Give her a follow on Instagram: @gwynethclare to see memes and lots of photos of her cat, Zelda. Thank you to her friends for the constant support!
Escalus, u/s Isabella
Stage credits include: A Chorus Line (Connie), Rabbit Hole (Izzy), You Can't Take it With You (Alice Sycamore), Godspell (Disciple), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Peter Quince). Peery originated the role, "Q" in The Muse which was filmed earlier in May of 2023. She also played Antonio in the debut show of Twelfth Night at OSSC. She majored in film studies with a minor in theater at Olivet Nazarene University and furthered her film education in California through a program called LAFSC. She has also choreographed in multiple different platforms both onscreen and onstage. She currently works in videography for a non-for-profit.
Mariana, u/s Claudia
Lorena Estevez is a first-gen Cuban-American Chicago based artist!
Recent credits include placing 5th in “Improvised Big Brother” and “North & Chicano” at Second City, “12th Night” by Olde School Shakes and “Rat City” at The Ravens Room, Original solo material for Burlesque is More in the “Roadtrip”, “Gore”, & “Brrlesque” run, “A Disney Exploited Musical” and “A Comedy of Disasters” all at Annoyance Theater, and also placed 5th in Season 1 of “Improvised Survivor” at iO.
Gratitude for my loved ones that continuously show me to live with a fearless heart y con la mente positiva! Los amo <3
Nora Kuzdak is an emerging director, actor, and theater maker. A recent transplant to Chicago, she graduated from the George Washington University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and minors in biology and sustainability. Before pursuing theater full-time she worked for four years in the International Programs Office of the U.S. Forest Service where her primary interests were urban forestry, community engagement, and accessibility. In 2021 she moved to Galway, Ireland to obtain a Master’s in Theatre Practice and Production, where she co-founded the ensemble company HystERia Téatar.
Elbow, u/s Lucio
Kevin Cruz (Elbow) is a Puerto Rican actor from South Florida, a recent graduate from New World School of the Arts (BFA) in Miami, and a newcomer to Chicago’s theatre scene. Previous work includes: Native Gardens (Pablo) at GableStage, Refuge (Wolf) at FAU Theatre Lab, Grand Horizons (Tommy) at Boca Stage.
Juliet, u/s Escalus
is a multi-disciplinary queer theater artist and Chicago transplant by way of Northern California. Always in pursuit of the perfect balance between clever and downright stupid, Becca is interested in creating theater that is non-hierarchical, curious, and highly opinionated. They love collaboration, idea exchange, and screaming into the collective void and seeing what bounces back. BA in Drama, University of California Irvine.
Francesca, Abhorson, Worship Band,
u/s Mistress Overdone
Halli is thrilled to be making her Olde School Shakes debut in Measure for Measure! Favorite credits include "Merrily We Roll Along" (Blank Theatre Company), "Peter Pan" (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), and "How to Succeed" (Music Theatre Works). When she’s not performing, you can catch Halli seeing a concert, playing with her cats Lucy and Goose, and thrift shopping. Much love to Tommy, the “Telestration Station” squad, and the Texas fam! Party on.
is an actor, sound designer, musician, and organizer finally based in the city after years ricocheting around the Midwest, glad to finally be getting his footing in the city of his birth. He’s ecstatic to be working with OSS after its production of Twelfth Night made so bold as to remind him that joy is real. Selected recent design work: We Will Not Be Silent (Acacia Theatre Co), Ghost Bike (MKE Rep), Mad, Beat, Hip, and Gone (Promethean Theatre Ensemble). Check out his podcast on the ongoing contemporary verse drama renaissance and what it means for the future, Hamlet to Hamilton: Exploring Verse Drama, wherever you listen!