Sunday, April 20th, 2014

10/9 – 10/10/10 The Season in Exile opens with controversy in The Merchant of Venice!

Maryland Shakespeare Festival kicks off its 2010-2011 Season in Exile with one of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays, The Merchant of Venice, running for two performances only: Saturday, October 9th at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 10th at 2 p.m.

What better way to open this season of intrigue than with one of literature’s most contentious characters? Enter Shylock the Jew. For centuries, audiences have debated the shadowy figure of Shylock. Is he yet another example of Old World anti-Semitism? Or does Shakespeare use him to subtly subvert the prejudices of his contemporaries? Join Maryland Shakespeare Festival for this gripping performance and decide for yourself!

Audience favorite and acclaimed veteran of both London and Broadway stages Stephen Lorne Williams will take on the role of Shylock. As always in Maryland Shakespeare Festival’s signature Bare Bard experiments, The Merchant of Venice is an exercise in impromptu Shakespeare. The cast of actors will arrive in Frederick on Friday evening with their lines already memorized, and by Saturday evening, they will perform the full production before an audience—with stunning emotional realism, audience interaction, live music, choreographed dances, and unbeatable storytelling.

The Merchant of Venice appears for two performances only: Saturday, October 9th at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 10th at 2 p.m. Sunday’s performance will be followed by what promises to be a spirited post-show discussion. No two performances are ever the same, so come twice! $15 suggested donation at the door. Performances are held in the Parish Hall of All Saints Episcopal Church located at 21 North Court Street in downtown Frederick. You can find directions and parking information hereSeats fill quickly, so reserve in advance by emailing Karen@mdshakes.org or by calling 301.668.4090.

For more information about Maryland Shakespeare Festival’s upcoming events check this site often, call (301) 668-4090 or email info@mdshakes.org. Individuals requesting accommodations for a disability, please contact the MSF offices at 301.668.090 at least 48 hours before the event.

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