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The Brass Tacks Ensemble Presents The Merchant of Venice

08/05/2017 - 08:00 pm
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI
, MI


The scene shifts to Venice for our second offering of the season as Bassanio seeks to woo the rich heiress, Portia, who resides in Belmont. The problem: Bassanio has no money to get there, so he resorts to borrowing from his friend Antonio, a wealthy merchant. The problem: Antonio has no cash on hand, but he offers to be bound for the money that Bassanio borrows from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender. The problem: Shylock, seeking some measure of vengeance for the mistreatment he has received in the past, lends the money under one chilling condition. And all of this is before Bassanio even gets to Belmont to woo the woman of his dreams. A close friendship, a lover’s merit, and the limits of mercy and justice are tested in our summer production of The Merchant of Venice.

Directed by James Ingagiola, the cast features Brittany Batell, Mary Conley, Isaac Ellis, Ethan Gibney, Sara Long, Veronica Long, Kathleen E. Marinan, Amanda Photenhauer, Anne S. Rhoades, Russ Schwartz, Kate Topham, and Elizabeth Wagner.