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The Merchant of Venice

March 23, 2017
8:00 pm
Kelly Cullen Community Auditorium

The Merchant of Venice. Shakespeare’s dark drama pits Shylock and Portia in a tale of resentment, vengeance, and a business deal gone horribly wrong. Directed by Glenn Havlan. March 17-April 2. Preview March 16. Opens March 17. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 8:00 pm; Sundays 2:00 pm. Kelly Cullen Community Auditorium, 220 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco. https://to-sf.org. All performances are pay what you will. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2706436 The plot of The Merchant of Venice centers on a debt that cannot be repaid and its horrible consequences for the debtor, the merchant Antonio. The young wastrel Bassiano needs money to be in the running for the hand of Portia. He gets his friend Antonio to guarantee a large loan provided by Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, who has long been abused and denigrated by Antonio. The loan goes into default, and Shylock demands repayment, not with money, but with a pound of Antonio’s flesh. The play climaxes with a trial in which Portia contends with Shylock. Merchant is perhaps best known for Shylock and the famous "Hath not a Jew eyes?" speech. Also notable is Portia's speech about "the quality of mercy.”

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Kelly Cullen Community Auditorium

220 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

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