“Measure for Measure” holds sold out show

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By Brittni Lopez

Between April 22 – May 1, East Los Angeles College theatre arts department hosted a live production of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”.

The play was held on campus at the Black Box theatre located in the P2 building.

The play gained wide attention as tickets were sold out quickly. General admission was $10 and $12 at the door.

The play takes place in Vienna, Italy and follows the fate of Claudio as he’s sentenced to prison by Lord Angelo, the temporary leader of Vienna, for impregnating his lover, Juliet, before marriage.

Quite often renowned for his works of tragedy, from “Romeo & Juliet” to “Hamlet”, “Measure for Measure” reveals a more comical side than tragic.

Dennise Ventura, a member of the audience, says “the actors were really impressive and convincing in character.”

Voices were elevated and words of dramatization were exchanged during the problematic comedy.

Although the play was overwhelmed with Shakespearean dialogue, the actors were well-rehearsed.

The most striking quality of the play was the actors’ ability to stay true to their character.

In one scene, one actress dropped to her knees in capturing her character’s sadness.

From the acting to the costumes, to the lighting itself, the play was a roller coaster ride from start to finish.

The play’s duration was approximately 2-3 hours long with a 10 minute intermission.

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