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Cheek by Jowl and Pushkin Theatre’s Measure for Measure is here for one week only, departing the ArtsEmerson stage on Sunday, OCT 28 and local critics and audiences are urging Boston to catch this show while it’s here! After opening last night, this production has been met with immense praise from critics and audience members alike. CRITICAL PRAISE “Performed entirely in Russian on a stage bare except for four, enormous, red cubes, this modern interpretation has…

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Thank you for joining us for Cheek by Jowl and Pushkin Theatre’s production of Measure for Measure. While in preparations to bring this piece to Boston, the company emphasized the fact that it was made to live outside any particular government or time frame. Is this Russia? Is this now? They leave these questions to us. Since there are as many interpretations of this play as there are people who see it – we would love…

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Throughout the performance of The Peculiar Patriot, Liza Jessie Peterson, as Betsy LaQuanda Ross, constructs a quilt, carefully sewing together the narrative of her incarcerated friends and family, each square of fabric representing their stories. With each quilted piece, we learn more about the intricacies of how mass incarcerations affects individuals and their communities. Stitched together like the stars and stripes of Betsy Ross’s original United States flag, our Betsy Ross sews a different American symbol,…

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The Peculiar Patriot (OCT 17-28) is amazing audiences throughout its Boston debut. Liza Jessie Peterson’s poetry and command of the stage communicate a story beyond the walls of any theatre and imparts on us a story often hidden below the surface. As we continue discussing mass incarceration, both nationally and within our state, it was important to discuss how ArtsEmerson and Emerson College are working to break down barriers and foster community. The Emerson Prison Initiative,…

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Cheek by Jowl and Pushkin Theatre’s Measure for Measure (OCT 24-28) has been sweeping the nation in its US Premiere Tour, amazing audiences and creating an American following as our political scene unfolds before us. With the midterm elections in just a few weeks and the recent Supreme Court nomination, director Declan Donnelan and designer Nick Ormend’s Measure for Measure, “is vivid & uncommonly moving…unsettling poignancy.” The New York Times named this specific production a…

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