The Merchant of Venice (Summer 2012)

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Alison C. Vesely

“If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?”

The Story

Shakespeare’s most controversial play is a complex tale of hatred, love, revenge, and betrayal. Set in 16th C. Venice, this production will be the central element of a two-month long series of events that examine the Bard’s dark tale and the effect it has had not only on future dramas, but on all of society.

Please note that this is an outdoor performance. Enjoy Shakespeare under the stars!

"the play's pungent mix of spite, vengeance, greed and gossip — as toxic as the waters of the Grand Canal — feels right at home in our own acrimonious and narcissistic era." ★★★½ - Chicago Tribune

"Captivating! Radiant! Immensely engaging!" - WQNA Radio

"Never have I experienced a production that mines the humor in this controversial 'comedy' as well as Vesely's well-informed and wisely cast production."- Daily Herald

Melanie Keller (Portia), René Ruelas (Duke of Venice), Michael Goldberg (Shylock), Michael Joseph Mitchell (Anthonio), Hayley L. Rice (Nerissa), and Kevin McKillip (Bassanio)
Kris Reilly (Gratiano), Hayley L. Rice (Nerissa), Melanie Keller (Portia), Kevin McKillip (Bassanio)
René Ruelas (Duke of Venice), Michael Goldberg (Shylock), Michael Joseph Mitchell (Anthonio)
Luke Daigle (Lorenzo), Cassidy Stirtz (Jessica)
Kevin McKillip (Bassanio), Michael Joseph Mitchell (Anthonio), Michael Goldberg (Shylock)

Photos by D. Rice





GET TICKETS (Preview Performances $22)
Tuesdays - Thursdays $32 (Seniors & Students $26)
Fridays - Sundays $37 (Seniors & Students $30)

Shylock and His Daughter

The Merchant of Venice by Ari Ibn-Zahav, dramatized by Maurice Schwartz
July 26, Aug 2, 9, 16
All tickets $10

As an added offering this summer, First Folio is proud to present a special staged reading of Shylock and His Daughter. Originally written for the Yiddish Art Theater and then translated into English, this play tells the same story that Shakespeare told---only from Shylock's perspective. This production will utilize the same cast as our mainstage production of The Merchant of Venice.

"Truly riveting--a must see!" - Jan Lisa Huttner, JUF News

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