The Drilling Company presents Shakespeare's dark comedy about ethnic animosity and the steep cost of repaying a debt. Part of the troupe's free outdoor Shakespeare season.
This summer, all of the Drilling Company's Shakespeare productions feature powerful women and powerful female friendships that are catalysts for the stories. 'Merchant' centers around the actions of Portia and Jessica, both strong women who defy tradition to pursue their desires.
“There is energy in this cast...This production gets points for how it engages the audience, with modern references and relevant objects like cell phones without doing harm to the spirit of the play. You may even find yourself offered a rose, or invited onto the stage. In a parking lot on Norfolk, not far from Canal Street, the canals of Venice play out a fateful drama, while in the New York City background random sirens sing.”