Measure For Measure
Newly adapted and directed by Glory Sims Bowen

Gender bended to highlight the modern issue of gay marriage, this new adaptation brings a unique insight to Shakespeare's original themes of mercy, justice, religion and government. Claudia and Juliet have been arrested for the crime of lesbianism - which is illegal in the mythical city in which the play takes place. The punishment for this crime is death. Claudia has no where else to turn but to her brother Iseabail who is a rather conservative Catholic on the verge of joining the priesthood. When Iseabail pleads to Angelo (a corrupt government leader) for Claudia's life, he is told by Angelo that he will pardon Claudia - if Iseabail sleeps with him! Will the straight priest agree to the bargain to save his sisters life? Set against a fantasy world inspired from swing music, New Orleans and the red light district.

October 13 - November 6, 2005
Thursday - Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 7pm
Amanda Bailey, Peter Bean, Emily Begin, Christine Bokhour, Orion Delwaterman,
Nicole DiGaetano, Megan Ferguson, Paula Galloway, Ethan Gomez, Tania Jeudy, Jesse May,
Duncan Pflaster, Susan Rankus, Caroline Samaan, Dax Valdes, Marya Wegman,
Jess Cassidy White, and Michael Whitney.

Director: Glory Bowen
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Cristina Vaccaro, Ain Rashida Sykes
Production Assistants: Jennifer Belluschi, Ruth Fink, Michelle Glaeske, Brittany Caitlin Rostron
Sound Design: Christopher Brooks
Light Design: James Bedell
Costume Design: David Thompson
Set Design: Bokyoung Youn
Choreography: Julia Hart
About The Director...
Glory Sims Bowen has been the recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award in Direction from the Kennedy Center A.C.T.F. and the recipient of the Spotlight On Award for Best Director of a full length play in which over a 100 NYC directors competed. She has directed for several Manhattan Theaters including; The American Globe Theater, The Looking Glass Theatre, Chashama Theater, The Bank Street Theater, HERE, RAW Theater Space , 440 Theatre, John Houseman Studio Theatre, and The Connelly Theater. Some of her favorite directorial credits, include The Tempest, The Snow Queen, Jack or the Submission (Ionesco Festival), Foursome (Ionesco Festival), tryin t' touch the sun (Spotlight On Festival), Golem Stories (Spotlight On Festival), The Glass Menagerie, Pippin, Joseph and his....Coat, Uncommon Women and Others, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, Special Delivery, The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in The Moon Marigolds, and Ten Little Indians. Ms. Bowen is also one of the artistic directors of The Midtown International Theatre Festival and serves on the boards of Untitled Theatre Company #61, FHB Productions, and Lady of the Lake Theatre Company.
Cast Bios

Amanda Bailey (Mistress Kate Keep-down) has performed in several productions both in English and in French. Credits include Valet in Feu la Mere de Madame, Jacques in As You Like It, Mrs. Rose in Hello Dolly, Kathleen in Terra Nova, Bonnie in Lil' Abner, Meg Brockie in Brigadoon, Julie in On Purge Bebe, Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. She is a graduate of NYU, Tish School of the Arts.

Peter Bean (Angelo) was most recently seen as Paul in "Francoise Changes Her Mind" at the Brick Theater's Moral Values Festival. Additional Brick productions include "Tupperware Orgy;" "Cold Fire;" "In a Strange Room" (adapted from Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying"); and "Jenna is Nuts." He also performed with Adhesive Theater in their New York premiere of "Figaro Gets a Divorce," at the Access Theater. As Peter Brown, he has performed in Theater Askew's adaptation of "I, Claudius," at The Marquee; Untitled Theater Co.'s "Fairytales of the Absurd," at the Pearl; Daniel Kleinfeld's "A Little Piece of the Sun," at the Present Company Theatorium; and DM Theatrics' adaptation of Orson Welles' "The Stranger" at the Red Room. Film work includes Bryan Enk's "Macbeth" and "Midnight Days;" Eric Giancoli's "The Audit;" and Daniel Kleinfeld's "Security & Fee."

Emily Begin (Escalus) - recent theatre credits include Chris in Dancing at Lughnasa, Mona in Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Marie in Woyzeck and Marta in Waiting for the Parade. Classical roles include Hero in Much Ado about Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer's Night Dream, Lucille in The Would Be Gentleman , Ismene in Oedipus at Colunis , and Lysistrata Workshops include Elizabeth in The Crucible, Sally in A Lie of the Mind. Film includes Michelle, the grieving widow of a tortured writer in ODO Productions' short Autobiography of a Suicide, and as the overly emotional Becky, a concessions girl who contributes to an FBI agent's Twilight Zone type experience at a Texas movie theatre for KFSW Productions' The Texas Theatre. Emily received her Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has also studied Advanced Scene Study with Michael Howard and with Tony Award Winning director Gene Sacks (The Odd Couple). She is currently studying at the T. Schreiber Studio with Peter Jensen.

Christine Bokhour (Duchess Vincentia) has been working in the Broadway and National touring companies of Chicago for the past six years playing nearly every woman's role including Velma and Mama Morton. Regional work includes Anita in West Side Story, Nickie in Sweet Charity, Grace in Annie, Angel in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Morales in Chorus Line, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street and Kate in Love Sex and the IRS. She received three Irene Ryan Award nominations for her appearances as June in Fifth of July, Gillian in To Gillian on her 37th Birthday and Jennie in The Diviners Other credits include swinging and dance captaining the national tour of Cats and the Toronto production of Sunset Boulevard. Christine has also been a Radio City Music Hall Rockette and appeared in various television commercials.

V. Orion Delwaterman (Elbow/Abhorson) is a California transplant and excited to be doing his first New York Shakespeare. He was recently seen in "The Laramie Project"(Jed Schultz, Dr. Cantway, Ensemble) and can be seen in the upcoming films "Raving Maniacs"(Edward) and "Seepage"(Will). Orion is an alum of Skidmore College where he was seen in many productions including "The Madwoman of Chaillot"(The Prospector), "Comedy of Errors"(Balthazar/Dr. Pinch) and "Philoctetes"(Title Role).

Nicole DiGaetano (First Lady) - New York Theatre: Femme Fatale; Scrambled Eggs, Bagels, and Other Acts of Love; Luella City, Ladyhouse Blues. Regional: Tony N' Tina's Wedding; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Into The Woods; Crazy For You; Grease. Film: The Treatment; The Man Who Looked Familiar; All of Me, Last Rites (also served as fight choreographer) . Television: The West Wing; The Sopranos. Nicole can be seen next in Apanamae Productions' I (ran) to IRAQ.

Megan Ferguson (Second Lady)  recently graduated from Yale University with a major in Humanities and a concentration in Theater Studies. While at Yale she danced with the Yaledancers and acted in several plays including Dangerous Liaisons and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. As a dancer, Megan has trained with the American Ballet Theatre, worked with Broadway choreographer Chet Walker, and performed with the band Gogol Bordello. Megan makes her NYC theater debut with Measure for Measure.

Paula Galloway (Provost) - NYC credits include Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Hudson Shakespeare Company, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing also with the Hudson Shakespeare Company, Mrs. Drudge in The Real Inspector Hound, Aunt Mae in Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery with the Negro Ensemble Company, Tish in Trumpet Appasionata with the Playtime Series, and Annelle in Steel Magnolias with the Margaret Williams Theatre. She also performed the role of Wolfe in the award winning and critically acclaimed production Eternity with Spotlight On Productions.

Ethan Gomez (Mistress Overdone)  - NY credits include: Apathy: The Gen X Musical (Midtown International Theater Festival, dir. Paula D'Alessandris), the Village Light Opera's revival of My Favorite Year (dir. Evan Pappas), Aesop: Wisdom for the Young & Old, The Threepenny Opera, Passion, Earnest Thompson's A Good Time, The Rocky Horror Show (Centerstage), IATI's Paper Boat (World Premiere and Regional Tour). Puerto Rico: The Wiz, Man of La Mancha. Television: Law & Order, Padre David in Psychosis (Telemundo), among others. Film: Hundred Meter Hurdle, Silence is Golden and the upcoming Carlito's Way The Beginning. Thank you God, family and friends for your love and support.

Tania Jeudy (Juliet/Prostitute) is a native New Yorker who's pleased and thankful to be working! She was recently a feature in the Michael Chekhov Theatre production of "Happy Hour". For the past four years, Tania has worked on a variety of projects in numerous theatres, films and television shows.

Jesse May (Iseabail) - This past year Jesse has had several opportunities to perform in the plays of playwright Ed Valentine as well as be seen onscreen in the Queen Latifah comedy " The Cookout". More recently he starred in an internationally-airing Pepsi commercial with a monkey that was quickly pulled from the air because of questions regarding the ethical treatment of the monkey - questions, it should be said, that Jesse played no part in raising. He enjoys swimming and outdoor temperatures in the mid-60's.

Duncan Pflaster (Friar Thomas) - Duncan is a Playwright who occasionally likes to act. He was most recently seen onstage as Bill the Cop in "Apathy: The Gen X Musical" in the Midtown International Theater Festival. Behind the scenes, his most recent play "Eternity: Time Without End" was recently nominated for 12 "Spotlight On" Awards. Thanks to Glory for the opportunity. Check out more about Duncan's plays at his website, Cross-Eyed Bear Productions - Monkey!

Susan Rankus (Froth/Police Officer) is excited and honored to have won the 2005 spotlight on nominee for Best Supporting Actress in a full length production. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA degree in Musical Theatre from Point Park Conservatory in Pittsburgh . Immediately afterwards she was awarded the 2001-2002 Dorothy Haas Acting Apprenticeship at the prestigious Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia where she had the joy of performing on their main stage as Dori in School House Rock and The Ghost of Christmas Past/Mrs. Cratchet in A Christmas Carol. New York Credits include: Caliban in The Tempest (FHB Theatre Productions & The Looking Glass Theatre), Runaway/Squirrel Lady in Flawed (The Looking Glass Theatre), Kitty in Watermelon Boats (FHB Theater & Loan Star Productions ), Lynette in Anything For You (FHB Theater & Loan Star Productions) and various roles in The 24/7 Festival (Untitled Theatre Company #61) and the Twelve Angry Women Festival (Loan Star Productions). Other stage credits include: Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Martha in The Children's Hour, The Old Lady in Candide, Rita in Sisters, Bertie in The Club, Ardelia in Commedia Al Dente, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods. Email: Website:

Rachel Rhodes (Mistress Overtop) is happy to be making her New York theater debut in this production. She recently moved to NY, after doing regional theater in South Carolina and before that performing at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida. She is a graduate of Penn State University and Baltimore School for the Arts, having studied theater at both schools. Some of her favorite roles include Olivia in Twelfth Night with the South Carolina Actor’s Theatre and Shelly in Buried Child in Manchester England. She would like to thank her husband, Chris, for making her New York dream a reality.

Caroline Samaan (Claudia) has taken on an assortment of roles in theatre and film. She recently performed at; Chashama Studios in 12 Angrier Women, Don't Tell Mama's in Anything for You, The Tada Theatre in UTC #61's 24/7 Festival, The John Houseman Theatre in 12 Angry Women, The Greenwich Street Theatre for the Spotlight On Theatre Festival in Radioactive Republicans & Dancing Democrats as Fellony Ritz, and at The American Theatre of Actors in The Undefeated as Rosalinda Jones, and Curing Ron as Reporter Leslie Berman. She attended Fordham University and The Lee Strasburg Theater Institute, where she studied various aspects of Performing Arts. She is happy to be included among the wonderful cast in this terrific production. Special thanks go out to her mother for her continued support, as well as her family, friends, and all who have come to enjoy this experience.

Dax Valdes (Lucio) is originally from San Francisco. Favorite shows include: "Gypsy," "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown," "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," "Mame," "Assassins," "Three Sisters," "Floyd Collins," "Macbeth," "Measure for Measure," and Neil Young's "Greendale" tour. Other theaters include HERE Arts Center, Vital Children's Theatre, Gallery Players, Cohoes Music Hall, Pittsburgh Playhouse, PCPA Theaterfest, Hope Summer Repertory, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He recently choreographed "The Full Monty" at The Gallery Players in Park Slope, and the current production of "The Nastiest Drink in the World" for Vital Children's Theatre. Education: BFA Musical Theater from Point Park College and Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

Jess Cassidy White (Mariano) is honored to be making his New York stage debut with this production of Measure For Measure. He is a recent graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where he double majored in Theatre Performance and Production Design. Some of his previous college and regional theatre credits include: Roosters (Hector), Our Lady Of 121st Street (Gail), Corpus Christi (Philip/Virgin Mary/Pilate), Three Penny Opera (Crookfinger Jake), and Angels In America (Louis). Please visit:

Michael Whitney (Pompey) has been acting in New York for several years and has had the great pleasure and good fortune to work with Glory Sims Bowen on several occassions: Thaddeus in "Golem Stories" (twice!), Trinculo in "The Tempest", and now Balin/Father Columbo in "...Avalon" for which he is very excited, as well as the prospects of future collaberations. In 2003 Michael was awarded the SpotlightOn Best Featured Actor award for his work in "Golem Stories." He has had extensive stage and film experience in downtown and indie realms of NYC. He studies Strasberg technique.

Crew Bios

Jennifer Bellusci (Production Assistant) is a recent grad from The George Washington University in DC. She is thrilled to be working as a PA with Glory for her first New York gig.

James Bedell (Light Design) has been designing lighting for theatre for three years now and is thrilled to be working with team Measure For Measure . Receiving his self-motivated training at Pace University some recent credits include: Croatoan Word (Vital Theatre), Lulu: A New Musical! (Lucille Lortel-FringeNYC), Apocalypse: Book One! (Puffin Room: FringeNYC), The Hell Festival (Lighting Director-Brick Theatre), Looking Glass Spring Director's Forum 05, Camino Real (Pace University-Schimmel Center), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Pace University-Schimmel Center), Medea (Pace University-Schaeberle Studio). When not designing off and off-off Broadway, James can be found hanging lights as a free lance electrician all over NYC.

Christopher Brooks (Sound Design) has worked on several NYC productions including The Snow Queen (Looking Glass Theater), Chills (Greenwich Street Theatre), The Tempest (Looking Glass Theater), Golem Stories (Chashama, which received the 2004 Spotlight On, Off Off Broadway Annual Award for Best Sound Design), Special Delivery (Looking Glass Theater, which received the 2003 Spotlight On, Off Off Broadway Annual Award for Best Sound Design and Music Composition), Pillow Talk (American Globe Theater), Foursome (HERE Theater), tryin t' touch the sun (RAW Theater Space, which received the 2002 Spotlight On, Off Off Broadway Annual Award for Best Sound Design), An Evening of Psychos (Chashama), and Voice (Producers Club II). Email:

Ruth Fink (Production Assistant) spent the summer at Texas Star Theatre in Granbury, TX where she worked as a costume intern/wardrobe supervisor and stage managed the revue "Stars Over Texas". She is originally from Alton, IL and now lives in Chicago where she studies Directing at Columbia College. She has worked in different capacities on various shows including Gypsy, Grease, Little Murders, Dracula, Othello, Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Shape of Things and others. She also spent 2 years working at The American Girl Theater in Chicago (yes the dolls!) Ruth would not be where she is today with out great teachers, good friends like P, C, J and S and the most amazing parents.

Julia Hart (Choreographer) graduated from Columbia University class of '04 with a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature. While at Columbia she directed such plays as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Waiting for Godot and choreographed such shows as Romeo and Juliet and the Tempest. She studied dance at Steps on Broadway and Ballet Academy East. Her play Person was produced off-Broadway at MCC Theater. She is a teacher at the Saint Ann's school in Brooklyn. She just moved back to New York and she is very happy to be back home. Thanks to Glory, SSBS, Scotty and her family.

Ain Rashida Sykes(AD/SM) graduated in 2003 from Lousiana State University with a BA in Performance and moved immediately to New York to persue her passion to direct. She worked in Casting, Production and General Management at the Public Theater for over a year working on such shows as Caroline,or Change(Broadway), Richard III (The Public), Guinea Pig Solo (The LAByrinth Theater), and Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare in the Park). Her directing and choreography credits include Gingham Dog,Ododo ,The Bacchae, Morality Play (all at LSU), and an original piece called Stop... Think About It written for the Children's Bureau of New Orleans to discuss teen violence. She just finished Assistant Directing the world premiere of Alan Bowne's The Lizards directed by Damon Arrington for the 2005 NYC Fringe Festival. Ain would love to thank Glory for this amazing opportunity to work with her and The Looking Glass Theater. She would also like to thank her AD partner Cristina for all her help and support. To the cast and artistic crew, you are amazing!!! This production is dedicated to her parents who have been nothing but supportive. Thanks Dan and Syl.

David B. Thompson (Costume Design) is pleased to be joining this amazing group of people on this journey! Most recently of Richmond, Virginia, he received his MFA in Costume Design and Technology from Virginia Tech in 1996. Favorite designs include The Servant of Two Masters, Tartuffe, Anything Goes, and far too many ballets to pick just one! David would like to thank Glory for this fantastic introduction to The Lookinglass family and New York theatre!

Bokyoung Youn (Scenic Design) has been working as a set designer since her first work " Under Pressure"in Staller Center in Stony Brook University (2003). Most of her work done in off- broadway theatre such as American Livingroom Festival 2003 at Here art Center,Popera Rain in Kaye Play House(2005),and Sniper in Center Stage(2005). She also taught acting and plays to children for a theatre class from Korean American Family Service Center(2004- 2005 June).
Previous Reviews
“ This sophisticated version of “The Snow Queen” has imaginatively reshaped the fairy tale! The story has been innovatively staged by Glory Sims Bowen. ”
--The New York Times

“ Under Glory Sims Bowen's clear-eyed direction, the cast offers an appropriately vertiginous introduction to Ionesco's methodical madness, which recognizes that our patterns of communication have a cracked mind all their own.” -- The Village Voice

“Under Bowen's creative guidance everything about this production is an eye-catching delight.” --Back Stage Magazine

“Gloria Sims Bowen directed with a feel for the historical material and ambiance.” --Artzine

“This comedy kept the audience in stitches. Glory Sims Bowen's mad shop of horrors had all the earmarks of Monty Python and the Marx Brothers on a tear.”
--New York Theatre Wire

“…brilliant staging by director Glory Bowen. It’s the most magical Tempest in New York!” --Hi! Drama, Cable TV NYC Theatre Critique show
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