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First Look at York Theatre Company's Desperate Measures

Inspired by Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, the new musical features a book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg and music by David Friedman.

Desperate Measures, directed by Bill Castellino, at York Theatre Company is a new take on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.
(© Carol Rosegg)

The York Theatre Company's production of the new musical Desperate Measures is currently in performances ahead an opening scheduled for October 1. Check out photos from the production, directed and choreographed by Bill Castellino (Marry Harry), in the gallery below.


With book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg, and music by David Friedman, Desperate Measures, inspired by Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, is described as follows: "In 1890, in a territory out West, Johnny Blood, a hot-tempered young cowboy, is sentenced to hang for killing a man in a bar fight. His sister, a novice nun in a nearby mission, is persuaded to plead with a corrupt governor to spare her brother's life. The governor promises to pardon Johnny if his sister, the Sister, will 'do his bidding' for the night. Adding to the humorous complications are a hard-bitten sheriff, a voluptuous saloon girl and a priest who reads Nietzsche."

The cast features Emma Degerstedt as Susanna and Sister Mary Jo, Gary Marachek as Father Morse, Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages) as Bella Rose, Conor Ryan (John and Jen) as Johnny Blood, Peter Saide (Skin Tight) as Sheriff Green, and Nick Wyman (Les Misérables) as Governor von Richterhenkenpflichtgetruber.

With music direction by David Hancock Turner (Money Talks), the creative team includes James Morgan (set), Nicole Wee (costumes), Paul Miller (lights), Julian Evans (sound), Deb Gaouette (props), Carol Hanzel (casting), Joseph Hayward (associate director), and Kevin Maloof (production manager). Christine Lemme will be the production stage manager, with Laura C. Nelson assistant stage manager.

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