Monday, August 29, 2011

Tucson: Shakespeare in the Park - “THE MERCHANT OF VENICE”

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From: Michael Givens []
Sent: Monday, August 29, 2011 11:06 AM
Subject: Shakespeare in the Park

by William Shakespeare

The El Rio Theatre Project will present its 5th annual Shakespeare in the Park with one of Shakespeare's most controversial plays, The Merchant of Venice at the Himmel Park Outdoor Amphitheatre, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. Performances are scheduled for Sept 16-18, 22-25 & 29-Oct. 2. Curtain time is 7 p.m. for all performances; the event is free to the public, with a suggested donation of $5. Bring a blanket, a picnic basket and the whole family, and enjoy an evening of Theatre in the park.

In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead.
Shakespeare concocted Shylock as a comic villain, but he went far beyond caricature to create a complex human being struggling with conflicting motives.

The Merchant of Venice, has been arousing controversies for centuries with raucous and gentle comedy, tender poetry, and its struggle with mercy and justice. At the same time, this is a clearly a play in great demand with major productions on Broadway, Colorado Springs & the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. In this production we are
hoping to depict the impact of society on a man and his beliefs that has molded him to do what he feels he must do.

For additional information call 791-4196.

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