Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company is proud to present the Fifteenth Anniversary of the Free Theatre in Parks program. This year’s production of MEASURE FOR MEASURE by William Shakespeare, will reach over 2,500 audience members in 12 communities throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.

The city is adrift in moral decay. The Duke decides to go undercover as a holy man, leaving his holier than thou deputy, Angelo, in charge to harshly enforce the strict morality laws of the city. Angelo begins his rule by making an example of Claudio, sentencing him to death for getting his fiancé with child. Claudio’s sister Isabella, a young novitiate, pleads for his life. Hypocritically, Angelo agrees to spare Claudio but at great cost to Isabella. She has an impossible choice to make. Give up her innocence or give up her brother for execution.  

In Shakespeare's bawdy and witty, dark comedy, questions of mercy, justice, corruption of power, and religious hypocrisy are explored in a thrilling story line seemingly made for today. What are the human consequences of power in the wrong hands? How can the scales of justice and mercy be leveled fairly and humanely? Join us in exploring the questions that lay at the passionate heart of William Shakespeare's timeless and timely work.

**Parental Discretion Advised: While we are sensitive to the family nature of outdoor performance and welcome all ages, CCTC is not a children's theatre company. Shakespeare's play deals with mature subject matter that you may not consider appropriate for your younger children. 


measure for measure performance schedule:

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019: 20th Century Club, Lansdowne, PA - 7pm curtain

Thursday, July 11th, 2019: McMichael Park, East Falls, Philadelphia, PA - 7pm curtain (RAIN OR SHINE, rain location at the Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts)

Friday, July 12th, 2019: The Mill at Anselma (NEW LOCATION!), West Pikeland, PA - 7pm curtain (RAIN DATE: Friday, July 19th)

Saturday, July 13th, 2019: Harrowgate Park, Philadelphia, PA - 6pm curtain (subject to change, indoor rain location TBD)

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019: Brookhaven Municipal Lawn, Brookhaven, PA - 7pm curtain (RAIN OR SHINE*)

Canceled - Thursday, July 18th, 2019: Green Lane Park, Green Lane, PA - CANCELED DUE TO FORECAST THUNDERSTORMS/RAIN thru performance times.

Saturday, July 20th, 2019: West Goshen Community Park, West Goshen, PA - 7:30pm curtain

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019: East Goshen Township Park, East Goshen, PA - 6:30pm curtain

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019: Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA - 6:30pm curtain (RAIN OR SHINE*)

Thursday, July 25th, 2019: White’s Road Amphitheater, Lansdale, PA - 7:30pm curtain (RAIN DATE: Sunday, July 28th)

Friday, July 26th, 2019: Everhart Park, West Chester, PA - 7pm curtain (rain date TBA)

  • - Unless otherwise noted, all performances labeled “RAIN OR SHINE” have an indoor rain location within walking distance of the outdoor venue.


and coming this september…


Directed by Ann Ciccolella
performed by paul parente

September 5 - 8th.

Ticketing Details to be announced soon!

Directed by guest artist, Ann Ciccolella (Artistic Director, Austin Shakespeare Festival) and performed by Paul Parente (CCTC founding member), this “Henry V with a twist”
will be presented during the first week of the Philly Fringe Festival at the

URBN Annex Black Box Theater
3401 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA

This bare-bones rendition of Henry V is in a condensed and concentrated form while still retaining all the play’s iconic speeches and rhetorical energy. This adaptation takes up the story as the ambitious young king plans to conquer France and win the French throne for himself. Variously depicting Henry as a noble warrior-king and a blood-thirsty adventurer, Shakespeare presents an ambiguous portrait of England’s greatest hero-king, both glorifying and humanizing Henry, who eventually learns the cost of his vainglory and the true meaning of leadership and manhood. By stripping away much of the play’s subplots and many of its supernumerary characters and retaining both Shakespeare’s theatricality and his key character of the Chorus, this adaptation concentrates on the action swirling around Henry,
on his decisions, his leadership, his ability to relate to his men—and on his dawning understanding and acceptance of true responsibility.