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Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" Gets Modern Treatment April 11-27

The Mustard Seed Theatre will present William Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" April 11 - 27 at Fontbonne University's Black Box Theatre. The play will be directed by Fontbonne's Director of Theatre Deanna Jent, who is a 2007 Kevin Kline Award nominee.

This modernized version of "Measure for Measure" will include contemporary music, video and an urban setting to spotlight the play's exploration of power, justice, faith and mercy. Veering from slapstick humor to heart-wrenching confrontation, the play focuses on a trio of intriguing characters: the Duke, Angelo and Isabella. When novice nun Isabella asks Angelo to spare her brother Claudio from a death sentence, Angelo suggests a treacherous solution. Learning of Angelo's plot, the Duke attempts to salvage justice with his own devious plans.

Mustard Seed Theatre performances are 8 p.m. Thurs. - Sat. and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Black Box Theatre in the Fine Arts Building. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. The second Thursday performances are "Pay What You Can, or Pay with a Can" events, with proceeds going to local food pantries.

A professional theatre company, Mustard Seed Theatre's mission, according to Jent, is to "create engaging theatre that explores our relationship with God and our ethical responsibility to the world." The company hires both Equity and non-Equity performers and works in residence at Fontbonne University in St. Louis. For tickets or audition information, call 314-719-8060 or visit