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Actors John Henry Roberts and Chris Hainsworth in Strawdog's Merchant of Venice.

The Merchant of Venice

Photo credit: John Flak

BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

ADAPTED BY MICHAEL DAILEY & NIC DIMOND

DIRECTED BY GEORGE CEDERQUIST

Season 16

Mar 28, 2004–May 15, 2004

3829 N. Broadway

Just another day in Venice as old money and new money meet head-on. Shylock, big fish in the Jewish banking community, made his money the old fashioned way: slowly and carefully. Antonio, goy-wonder of the Venetian financial world, prefers high-risk, big-profit investments. They hate each other. And now Antonio’s about to make the highest risk investment of his life.

Antonio’s buddy Bassanio, perpetually down-and-out, wants to sail to nearby Belmont to try his luck in a game of chance to win the hand of the wealthy and beautiful Portia. To bankroll this gambling excursion Signore Bassanio turns to Shylock for a loan, and Antonio steps in to guarantee it with a pound of his own flesh. When Antonio’s luck finally gives out, Shylock is determined to see the debt paid in full.

Director G. J. Cederquist, Strawdog Artistic Director Nic Dimond and Artistic Associate Mike Dailey have sliced a pound out of Shakespeare’s most controversial play and left it as lean and mean as a day-trader on a caffeine binge.

It’s another hard-boiled assault on Shakespeare from the crew at Strawdog.

Cast

Michael Dailey.

Michael Dailey*

as Antonio

Chris Hainsworth

as Bassanio

Anderson Lawfer*

as Lancelot

John Henry Roberts.

John Henry Roberts*

as Gratiano

Creative Team

William Shakespeare
Author

George Cederquist
Director

Sean T. Mallary
Light Design

Mikhail Fiksel
Sound Design

Abigail Boucher
Production Manager

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member