The Merchant of Venice

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By William Shakespeare 
Directed by Adam Sussman 

Presented as part of the 2017-2018 Director's Studio

A Jewish businesswoman, hated for her religion, tries to break into the clique of rich men that run Venice. A wealthy closeted merchant tries to buy the love of a young man. A sheltered heiress attempts to escape her dead father's will. One of Shakespeare's most controversial and misunderstood plays, The Merchant of Venice tackles, head-on, the topics of anti-Semitism, misogyny and homophobia in society.

This Director's Studio production casts the traditionally male role of Shylock as a woman in a man's world, in addition to a Jew in a Christian one. Part scathing social satire, part romantic comedy, part revenge thriller, The Merchant of Venice defies expectations and asks us to examine what hatred we hold in our hearts. 

The running time for The Merchant of Venice is approximately two hours and includes one intermission. There is no late seating. 


November 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m. and November 19 at 2:00 p.m.


Admission is free; seating is limited. We are no longer accepting reservation requests for The Merchant of Venice. Guests are encouraged to arrive at the venue beginning 30 minutes prior to curtain to request an available walk-up ticket.

For those with reservations, please note that unclaimed reserved seats will be released to walk-up patrons beginning 10 minutes prior to curtain. 


Shylock...Alexis Riley 
Portia...Bella Medina
Antonio...Sahil Bhutani
Bassanio...Luke Stodghill
Jessica...Gabi Bastek
Nerissa...Frances Garnett
Launcelot Gobbo...Jeremiah "AJ" Abdullah
Gratiano...Steven Schwope
Lorenzo...Jake Brinks


Madelyn "Dani" Consoldane...Props Master
Stephanie Fisher...Costume Designer
Tucker Goodman...Scenic Designer
Ansel Lowry...Assistant Director
Anna Pickett...Stage Manager
Kendra Wiley...Lighting Designer 

Parking Information

The University requires all faculty, staff, students and visitors to pay for parking on campus. Visitors are encouraged to park in the San Jacinto Garage and Manor Garage, both within walking distance of the theatres. In addition, there is metered parking available on Dean Keeton/26th Street.

For those attending select performances at the B. Iden Payne, Oscar G. Brockett and Lab Theatres, discounted parking can be purchased online at For Theatre and Dance events, select College of Fine Arts/Texas Performing Arts via Click and Park. Discount parking is available for purchase until 10:00 p.m. the day prior to the event.

Dates and venue are subject to change.