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Abuse of power.  Sex in exchange for political considerations.  No, it's not government but rather Shakespearean.  The University of Louisville theatre arts program will present its latest production, Measure for Measure, beginning tomorrow.  

Measure for Measure will take place at 8 p.m. each night on Nov. 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21.  A matinee performance will also occur on Nov. 21 at 3 p.m.  The Shakespearean production will be performed at The Playhouse, located in the white church-like building at 1911 S. Third Street.  

Tickets for each show are $12 for adults, $8 for students, and $8 for seniors.  Tickets can be purchased at the door or at the U of L box office, which is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday  through Friday.  The box office phone number is 502-852-6814, and the box office is located near the Thrust Theatre in the Studio Arts/HPES building.  More information can be found at the U of L theatre arts website.  

In Measure for Measure, Claudio has been arrested for having intercourse and getting Juliette, his lover, pregnant.  Lord Angelo, put in charge of Vienna temporarily by the Duke, looks to enforce long-standing rules on sex and morals.  As a result, he wishes to put Claudio to death for his transgressions.  

The Duke, meanwhile, has actually taken a disguise of a friar in order to see how the town acts in his absence.  In his "absence", betrayal, sexual favors, and, ultimately, confessions will take place.  

The cast includes Conrad Newman as Duke Vincentio, Matthew Rakestraw as Escalus, Jake Beamer as Angelo, Megg Ward as Justice, and Erik Lewis as Lucio.  Rinda Frye directed the production.  

Following Measure for Measure, U of L will present A Perfect Wedding.  The Charles Mee-writen and Amy Steiger production will take place at The Playhouse in March.  

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A near life-long resident of Louisville, Brian has written for Louisville.com since spring 2010. He has also written for various publications and online sites, including the Mount Vernon Democrat and Louisville Catholic Sports. Brian spends most of his free time enjoying the theatre scene, hanging out at the nearest coffee shop, and enjoying life.

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