The Merchant of Venice
by University of Texas Theatre & Dance
Nov. 14 - Dec. 02, 2018
A businesswoman, hated for being Jewish, tries to break into the clique of rich men who run Venice. A wealthy merchant seeks to buy the love of a young man. A sheltered heiress attempts to escape her dead father's will. One of Shakespeare's most controversial and misunderstood plays, this production of The Merchant of Venice tackles, head-on, the topics of anti-Semitism, misogyny and homophobia in society.
Part scathing social satire, part romantic comedy, part revenge thriller, The Merchant of Venice defies expectations and asks us to examine what hatred we hold in our hearts.
Directed by Adam L. Sussman.
About the director: Adam L. Sussman is a theatre-maker and educator from the Bay Area. His work at The University of Texas at Austin includes Gondal (UTNT (UT New Theatre), 2017), Daniel/Rose (the Cohen New Works Festival, 2017) and Opening Session. Before moving to Austin, Sussman was a core member of Oakland's Ragged Wing Ensemble, a founding member of the theatre collective HATCH, literary manager at Custom Made Theatre and a longtime participant and co-organizer of the International Home Theater Festival. He has directed work at Playwright's Foundation, Playwright's Center San Francisco, Just Theater, PianoFight, The Theater Offensive, San Francisco State University and SF Theater Pub. Sussman was the Bret C. Hart Directing Fellow at Berkley Repertory Theatre from 2014-2015 and is a recipient of Theater Bay Area's Titan Award.
Burgess Byrd (Shylock), Bella Medina (Portia) and Adam L. Sussman (Director) sit down with Texas Theatre and Dance Marketing and Events Assistant Ryan Prendergast to discuss the challenges and rewards of one of Shakespeare’s most controversial and misunderstood plays. Part scathing social satire, part romantic comedy, part revenge thriller, The Merchant of Venice defies expectations and asks us to examine what hatred we hold in our hearts. Click HERE to go to podcast page.
November 14 - December 02, 2018
300 East 23rd Street
Austin, TX, 78712
Preview November 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Opening November 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Additional Performances November 16, 25, 27 - 30, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. and November 18, December 1 - 2 at 2:00 p.m.