Hyperion Shakespeare Company presents: The Merchant of Venice
Event Date: Friday, April 21
Hyperion Shakespeare Company presents:
Location: Adams Pool Theater
Friday April 21 at 8:00pm
Saturday April 22 at 2:30* & 7:30pm
Sunday April 23 at 2:30pm
*this performance will be followed by a talkback featuring Professor Stephen Greenblatt, John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University and Rebecca Powell, Student Activities Director at Harvard Hillel
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Antonio, the Merchant of Venice, lends three thousand ducats to his friend Bassanio in order to assist him in his wooing of the wealthy and beautiful Portia. Antonio’s own money is tied up in business ventures that depend on the safe return of his ships from sea, so he borrows the money from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender. Shylock lends the money against a bond. Failure to repay the loan on the agreed date will entitle Shylock to a pound of Antonio’s flesh. This performance contains themes of anti-semitism and racial intolerance.