Moshing with the cast of Measure for Measure

Rehearsals are well underway for Theatre Fairfield’s spring production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. This production is taking doublets and pantaloons and replacing them with leather jackets and combat boots. That’s right, down at the PepsiCo Theatre, Shakespeare is going punk! This production is inspired by the punk movement in NYC during the 70’s and 80’s, and it is sure to breathe a whole new life into Shakespeare’s words.

This past week, the cast worked with choreographer and movement coach, Brad Roth to explore punk physicality through moshing, and the wall of death (don’t worry, there were no casualties). Actors were encouraged to explore their characters and the world of the play through poses and movement. Eventually, an interesting and edgy dance evolved out of these exercises. The cast got to engage with their characters and each other as punk music blasted through the speakers in rehearsal.

Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting production!

Ashley Ruggiero '14 talks to Dr. LoMonaco, director of Measure for Measure about the major questions and themes of the production.

Ashley Ruggiero ’14 talks to Dr. LoMonaco, director of Measure for Measure about the major questions and themes of the production.

Brendan McNamara '17 and Owen Corey '14 are intensely perfecting their moshing skills.

Brendan McNamara ’17 and Owen Corey ’14 are intensely perfecting their moshing skills.

 

Véronique Poutré '16 and Tori Schuchmann '16 get into character by striking a pose.

Alex Kimble ’16 and Tori Schuchmann ’16 get into character by striking a pose.

Véronique Poutré '16, Owen Corey '14, and Brendan McNamara '17 practice wall of death in slow motion!

Véronique Poutré ’16, Owen Corey ’14, and Brendan McNamara ’17 practice wall of death in slow motion!

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