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.
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.
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.) and December 2 in Winship Building Room 1.134.
Reviews and Inside Look
- "UT’s ‘Merchant of Venice’ is Shakespeare for today’s world" – austin360
- "UT Theatre and Dance adds twist to Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’ with gender-swapped character" –The Daily Texan
- PODCAST: In Conversation — Tackling “The Merchant of Venice” – Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog
- Meet the Cast: The Merchant of Venice - Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog