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Shakespeare is Coming to Franklin Street!

 Shakespeare is coming to Franklin Street as the Bare Theatre continues its tenth season with the comedy Measure for Measure at the historic Varsity Theatre.

Though the play is chocked full of humor and innuendo, it is referred to as a comedy by Renaissance standards because it does not have a tragic ending. Measure for Measure is anything but dated, however. Measure deals with very contemporary themes of sex and desire, and raises questions about the separation of church and state - taboo during the Renaissance. 

Bare Theatre brings Measure to Measure, its 21st Shakespeare title, to the historic Varsity Theatre in downtown Chapel Hill with performances March 19-21, 26-28, and April 2-4. All performances begin at 7:30 PM.

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Bare Theatre's new Education Director, Beverly Schieman, seeks to give audiences an intimate, moving experience of this classic work. She transports the setting to 1920's Paris ­ a scene of exploding artistic and sexual expression against a historic period of repression and prohibition.

The Varsity Theatre originally built in 1927, provides the perfect venue for this production.  Bare Theatre will integrate backdrops that fit the silent era film period in the cozy confines of 
the  theater.    

Bare Theatre is a Raleigh-based mobile theatre company that has received acclaim from publications around the Triangle.  Two of its 2014 productions, Let Them Be Heard and Coriolanus were named among the 10 Best of the Year by Indy Week. Bare Theatre is known for its minimalist, high energy, physical approach to the works of Shakespeare and historical texts.

This production is part of the Wherefore: Shakespeare in Raleigh series, a convergence of arts organizations presenting work written or inspired by William Shakespeare, from January-June 2015.

This production is sponsored by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, the nonprofit organization  that brings together the resources of the Town, University and downtown community to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development. 


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