Measure for Measure
May features the staging of Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare, directed by graduating MFA Candidate Randy Symank.
Set in contemporary Vienna, the tragic/comic work highlights the abuse of power and explores moral issues surrounding resistance to injustice as an ethically strong political figure falls due to sexual misconduct.
“Shakespeare’s play mirrors contemporary America,” says director Randy Symank. “The character Angelo is a supposedly ethical political leader who engages a woman in improper sexual relations — a classic case of moral hypocrisy and authority abuse. These themes resonate more loudly than ever given recent headlines regarding Senator Larry Craig and Governor Eliot Spitzer.”
Last season Randy Symank directed Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck and served as associate director of Cymbeline and as assistant director of Carmen at the Mondavi Center. Previously he was artistic director of Unhinged Productions. Credits include: As Director: The Long Christmas Ride Home, Our Journey, Raised in Captivity, Laura’s Bush (Unhinged Productions); By the Bog of Cats… (Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company); Bash (Theatre Collide); Now Let Me Fly (The Rothko Chapel); Minnesota Moon (Texas A&M University). As Assistant Director: A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas (Alley Theatre); Orange Flower Water, Polish Joke, Bright Ideas, Recent Tragic Events (Stages Repertory Theatre); Danse Macabre III (Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theatre); Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing (Houston Shakespeare Festival); Free Will and Wanton Lust (Unhinged Productions). Randy also served as a dramaturg for HYPE 2005 at the Alley Theatre. Randy holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Texas A&M University and was a member of Director’s Lab West at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2006.
Measure for Measure runs May 15-17 and May 22-24 in Main Theatre.