The Merchant of Venice

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Adam L. Sussman 

A businesswoman, hated for being Jewish, tries to break into the clique of rich men who run Venice. A wealthy merchant seeks 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, this production of The Merchant of Venice tackles, head-on, the topics of anti-Semitism, misogyny and homophobia in society. 

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 45 minutes with one intermission. 

Study

View The Merchant of Venice Playbill.

Performances 

Preview: November 14 at 7:30 p.m. 
Opening: November 15 at 7:30 p.m. 
Additional Performances: November 16, 27 - 30, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. and November 18, December 1 - 2 at 2:00 p.m. 

The performance of The Merchant of Venice on November 25 at 7:30 p.m. has been canceled. 

Community Engagement Events 

There will be a post-performance discussion with members of the Community Engagement team immediately following the performances on November 14, November 30, December 1 (2:00 p.m.) in Winship Building Room 1.108.

There will also be a panel on interfaith strategies for combating faith-based hatred immediately following the December 2 performance in Winship Building Room 1.108.

About the Director 

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Adam L. Sussman is a theatre-maker and educator from the Bay Area. His work at The University of Texas at Austin includes Gondal (UTNT (UT New Theatre), 2017), Daniel/Rose (the Cohen New Works Festival, 2017) and Opening Session. Before moving to Austin, Sussman was a core member of Oakland's Ragged Wing Ensemble, a founding member of the theatre collective HATCH, literary manager at Custom Made Theatre and a longtime participant and co-organizer of the International Home Theater Festival. He has directed work at Playwright's Foundation, Playwright's Center San Francisco, Just Theater, PianoFight, The Theater Offensive, San Francisco State University and SF Theater Pub. Sussman was the Bret C. Hart Directing Fellow at Berkley Repertory Theatre from 2014-2015 and is a recipient of Theater Bay Area's Titan Award.