The Merchant of Venice

Merchant of Venice

Merchant of Venice


THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

Number of Previews: 26
Number of Performances: 73
First Preview : October 19, 2010
Opening Night : November 13, 2010
Closing Night : February 20, 2011

Opening Night Cast
Al Pacino (Shylock)
David Harbour (Bassanio)
Byron Jennings (Antonio)
Jesse L. Martin (Gratiano)
Lily Rabe (Portio)
Happy Anderson (Ensemble)
Gerry Bamman (Duke of Venice)
Marsha Stephanie Blake (Nerissa)
Christopher Fitzgerald (Launcelot Gobbo)
Glenn Fleshler (Antonio’s Man)
Luke Forbes (Ensemble)
Herb Foster (Balthasar, Ensemble)
Jade Hawk (Ensemble)
Bethany Heinrich (Ensemble)
Curt Hostetter (Stephano, Ensemble)
Liza J. Bennett (Ensemble)
Peter Francis James (Salerio)
Tia James (Ensemble)
Isaiah Johnson (Prince of Morocco)
Charles Kimbrough (Prince of Arragon)
Kelsey Kurz (Ensemble)
Heather Lind (Jessica)
Brian Keith MacDonald (Ensemble)
Dorien Makhloghi (Ensemble)
Seth Numrich (Lorenzo)
Matthew Rauch (Solanio)
Baylen Thomas (Ensemble, Priest)
Richard Topol (Tubal)



OVERVIEW

The acclaimed Public Theater production of William Shakespeare’s THE MERCHANT OF VENICE came to Broadway direct from its sold-out run in Central Park in 2010. Academy Award®, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Al Pacino reprised his stunning performance as Shylock in the must-see event The Wall Street Journaldeclared “cries out to be seen by everyone with a passion for truly great theater. The best MERCHANT I’ve ever seen!”

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE is one of Shakespeare’s most thrilling and controversial plays, rich with love and betrayal, forgiveness and revenge. The Jewish moneylender Shylock makes a loan to Antonio, a Christian merchant. Their loan contract, steeped in prejudice and centered on the play’s infamous “pound of flesh,” sweeps the two men and everyone in their worlds into chaos. Only the insightful Portia can imagine a way forward, but for her and those she loves, even “the quality of mercy” has its limits.

AWARDS & REVIEWS

“THE PERFORMANCES OF THE SEASON! When Portia, played by Lily Rabe, finally meets Shylock, played by Al Pacino in Daniel Sullivan’s absolutely splendid production, the collision lights up the sky. They Invest their scene with such passion and anger that you may find yourself trembling. A REVELATORY PRODUCTION SATURATED WITH PASSION, EXPERTISE AND INTELLIGENCE. THE AFTERTASTE IS THRILLINGLY SWEET.— Ben Brantley, New York Times

“YOU WILL NEVER SEE A MORE EXCITING ‘MERCHANT!’ Al Pacino is galvanic; this veteran stage actor knows how to nail every line to the auditorium’s back wall. Lily Rabe is luminous. Daniel Sullivan’s interpretation sweeps you along with such hell-bent momentum that you’ll forget there was an intermission.” - Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal

“5 STARS! A SPECTACULAR RECKONING WITH A DISTURBING CLASSIC! I am even more awed and engaged by Daniel Sullivan’s supremely intelligent ‘Merchant of Venice’ now that it’s moved indoors to the Broadhurst Theatre.” — Davie Cote, New York One

4 STARS! REACHES INTO OUR HEARTS AND HAUNTS OUR SOULS! Where to begin listing the pleasures and insights of this staging? An obvious place would be its star attraction, Al Pacino, who brings harrowing humanity to one of the Bard’s most controversial characters. Or there’s the radiant Portia of Lily Rabe. But let’s start with Daniel Sullivan, the director who steers these leading actors, and the entire company, with such robust intelligence and grace.” — Elysa Gardner, >USA Today

CREDITS

Opening Night Production Credits

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Phillip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President)

Produced by The Joseph Papp Public Theater / New York Shakespeare Festival (Oskar Eustis: Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson: Executive Director), Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Debbie Bisno & Eva Price, Amy Nederlander, Jonathan First, Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley, Universal Pictures, Merritt Forrest Baer, The Araca Group, Broadway Across America (John Gore, CEO; Thomas B. McGrath, Chairman; Beth Williams, COO & Head of Production), Joseph & Matthew Deitch, JK Productions, Terry Allen Kramer, Jay & Cindy Gutterman/Cathy Chernoff, Mallory Factor/Cheryl Lachowicz and The Shubert Organization (Phillip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President); Associate Producer: Joy Newman, David Schumeister, Barry Edelstein, Jeremy Scott Blaustein, Elon Rutberg, S.D. Wagner and John Johnson

Written by William Shakespeare; Original Music by Dan Moses Schreier

Directed by Daniel Sullivan; Choreographed by Mimi Lieber; Assistant Director: Laura Savia

Scenic Design by Mark Wendland; Costume Design by Jess Goldstein; Lighting Design by Kenneth Posner; Sound Design by Acme Sound Partners; Hair and Wig Design by Charles LaPointe; Associate Lighting Design: John Viesta; Associate Sound Design: Nick Borisjuk; Assistant Scenic Design: Rachel Nemec and Jon Collins; Assistant Costume Design: Tristan Scott Barton Raines and China Lee

Executive Producer: Joey Parnes; Company Manager: Kim Sellon; Assistant Co. Mgr: Christina Huschle

Production Stage Manager: Stephen M. Kaus; Stage Manager: David Sugarman

Fight direction by Thomas Schall; Press Representative: Candi Adams; Casting: Jordan Thaler and Heidi Griffiths; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Website Design/New Media Marketing: Art Meets Commerce; Photographer: Joan Marcus

Opening Night Cast

Al Pacino (Shylock, a Jewish moneylender)
David Harbour (Bassanio, friend of Antonio)
Byron Jennings (Antonio, a merchant of Venice)
Jesse L. Martin (Gratiano, gentleman of Venice)
Lily Rabe (Portio, an heiress in Belmont)
Happy Anderson (Ensemble)
Gerry Bamman (Duke of Venice)
Marsha Stephanie Blake (Nerissa, Portia’s waiting gentle-woman)
Christopher Fitzgerald (Launcelot Gobbo, servant to Shylock)
Glenn Fleshler (Antonio’s Man, Ensemble)
Luke Forbes (Ensemble)
Herb Foster (Balthasar, servant to Portia, Ensemble)
Jade Hawk (Ensemble)
Bethany Heinrich (Ensemble)
Curt Hostetter (Stephano, sevant to Portia, Ensemble)
Liza J. Bennett (Ensemble)
Peter Francis James (Salerio, friend of Antonio)
Tia James (Ensemble)
Isaiah Johnson (Prince of Morocco)
Charles Kimbrough (Prince of Arragon, suitor to Portia)
Kelsey Kurz (Ensemble)
Heather Lind (Jessica, Shylock’s daughter)
Brian Keith MacDonald (Ensemble)
Dorien Makhloghi (Ensemble)
Seth Numrich (Lorenzo, gentleman of Venice)
Matthew Rauch (Solanio, friend of Antonio)
Baylen Thomas (Ensemble, Priest)
Richard Topol (Tubal, an assosciate of Shylock)

Understudies: Glenn Fleshler (Gratiano, Launcelot Gobbo), Luke Forbes (Prince of Morocco), Herb Foster (Duke of Venice, Prince of Arragon), Bryce Gill (Antonio’s Man), Curt Hostetter (Antonio, Tubal), Liza J. Bennett (Jessica), Tia James (Nerissa), Thomas M. Hammond (Bassanio, Lorenzo), Dorien Makhloghi (Solanio), Kim Martin-Cotten (Portia), Baylen Thomas (Salerio), Richard Topol (Shylock).


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