MEASURE FOR MEASURE, presented by The Public Theater's Mobile Unit

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New York Public Library for the Performing Arts - Cafe at LPA

Amsterdam Ave. and West 65th Street

New York, New York 10023-7498

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This season, The Public’s acclaimed Mobile Unit transports communities of the five boroughs to the colorful streets of New Orleans for a bold new production of Shakespeare’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE directed by LA Williams.

It’s 1979, and though Mardi Gras has been officially cancelled, unofficially the people are still celebrating. But amidst the festivities, tricksters are at play and lives hang in the balance. Temporarily left in charge by the Duke, the upright and uptight Lord Angelo has decided to crack down on the city’s debauchery, arresting young Claudio for impregnating his fiancée Juliet before their wedding. When virtuous Isabella, Claudio’s sister, hears of his death sentence, she begs Lord Angelo for mercy. But hypocritical Angelo propositions her instead, leaving Isabella with an impossible choice: save her soul or her brother’s life. In this timely production, lovers and leaders in disguise reveal the injustices of our justice system, and how those in power take advantage of those without it – asking the question, can the law be both just and merciful?

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This event takes place in the Library for the Performing Arts' Cafe, on the first floor, Lincoln Center plaza level. Enter via the Cafe entrance by ascending the stairs at the corner of Amsterdam Ave. and West 65th St. Mobility impaired people may enter via 111 Amsterdam Ave.

ASL interpretation available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing accessibility@nypl.org

MOBILE UNIT is made possible with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The McLaughlin Children's Trust, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the Abrams Foundation. Additional support provided by JetBlue Airways, Open Society Foundations, Susan & David Edelstein, New York State Council on the Arts, The MAE Private Foundation, and The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.

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New York Public Library for the Performing Arts - Cafe at LPA

Amsterdam Ave. and West 65th Street

New York, New York 10023-7498

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