Roberts Wesleyan College

Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

Location: Andrews B. Hale Auditorium

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 7:30 PM

Ticket Prices

  • Adult - $8.00
  • Seniors/Children/Students (non-RWC) - $5.00
  • RWC Students/Faculty/Staff - FREE, but ticket required
  • All tickets are General Seating

April 26 & 27, 2013: The Merchant of Venice - Shakespeare's classic tragic comedy, set in modern Venice, is brought to you by our own top student performers. This performance is 2 1/2 hours in length, including a 15 minute intermission.

Though classified as a comedy in the First Folio, and sharing certain aspects with Shakespeare's other romantic comedies, The Merchant of Venice is perhaps most remembered for its dramatic scenes and is best known for the villain Shylock and for Portia's speech about the 'quality of mercy.'

The plot unfolds...

A young Venetian noble, Bassanio, wishes to woo the beautiful and wealthy heiress, Portia of Belmont. Having squandered his estate, Bassanio approaches his friend and wealthy merchant of Venice, Antonio, for a loan to subsidize his expenditures as a suitor. Antonio doesn’t have the money on hand as his merchant ships are all out to sea. He is a kind and generous person, however, and agrees to guarantee repayment of a loan if Bassanio can find another lender. The moneylender, Shylock, agrees to make the loan, but because he hates Antonio, he exacts a high price if the loan is not repaid as agreed: ‘a pound of flesh’ – Antonio’s life!

The plot thickens…

When Antonio’s ships are stranded at sea, he can’t repay the loan on time. So strong is Shylock’s hatred of Antonio that he even refuses a third party’s repayment offer. He takes Antonio to court and is granted the right to exact the penalty.

How will this tale end? Only two performance opportunities to find out…