The Merchant of Venice

July 17 – August 2

Filled with contrasts and controversy, containing comic elements mixed with trenchant comment on the nature of intolerance, justice and forgiveness, this is a play not easily categorized.  The merchant Antonio is approached for a loan by his dear friend Bassanio so that he may woo an heiress in another city.  Antonio, cash-poor until his ships return from their trade route, in turn borrows from the moneylender Shylock, who sees in this arrangement the possibility to exact a gruesome revenge for the years of injustice he’s suffered at the hands of Antonio and the rest of the city. All performances are at 7pm and are presented FREE OF CHARGE.  Please bring your own chairs or blankets. In case of inclement weather, check our site for news regarding alternate indoor locations. Running time 1 hour 40 minutes Friday, July 17 - PEACE Park, Coventry Neighborhood, Cleveland Heights Saturday, July 18 - Tri-C West Campus, Parma Heights Sunday, July 19 - Penitentiary Glen Nature Center, Kirtland Friday, July 24 - Community Colonnade, Shaker Heights Saturday, July 25 - Lakewood Park, Lakewood Sunday, July 26 - The Grove Amphitheater, Mayfield Village Friday, July 31 - Notre Dame College, South Euclid Saturday, August 1 - Lincoln Park, Cleveland Sunday, August 2 - Lincoln Park, Cleveland CAST: Faith Whitacre – Portia, an heiress Hillary Wheelock – Nerissa, her lady-in-waiting Allen Branstein – Shylock, a moneylender Latecia Wilson – Jessica, Shylock’s daughter Keith Kornajcik – Antonio, a merchant / Prince of Arragon, suitor to Portia Leilani Barrett – Bassanio, a young gentleman in love with Portia Ryan Stafford – Gratiano, Bassanio’s friend Ananias Dixon – Lorenzo, Bassanio’s friend, in love with Jessica/ Prince of Morocco, suitor to Portia Luke Brett – Launcelot Gobbo, servant to Shylock / Tubal, a moneylender Nicholas Chokan – Salarino, friend to Antonio / Gobbo – Launcelot’s father Luke Edward Powers – Salanio, friend to Antono / Duke of Venice Tyson Douglas Rand - Tysonio, servant to Portia Brian Pedaci - servant to Prince of Morocco / Jailer Caity Cook - servant to Antonio  

11 Responses to The Merchant of Venice

  1. joanne says:

    since it’s not mentioned on the website, can I assume no tickets are necessary?

    • admin says:

      Thanks for the note, Joanne! It’s mentioned elsewhere on the site, but we’ve edited this page to make it clearer.
      Yes, all of our performances are presented FREE OF CHARGE. We do gratefully accept donations after the show.

  2. Connie H says:

    Is there an alternate location in case of rain at any of these locations?
    Not a good year for outdoor events! ☔️

    • admin says:

      We have nearby alternate locations for all of our performances. The best thing to do is check this site the afternoon of the show for updates on weather forecast and news about the alternate location for that (and other upcoming performances)

  3. CH says:

    Show starts at 7pm. When does it end?

  4. CH says:

    Food and beverages are allowed?

  5. Heather says:

    Are these plays suitable for kids (11-13 years) old?

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