The Merchant of Venice

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Intern/Apprentice Production: The Merchant of Venice

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Bryan Hunt

The Apprentice Program is Co-Sponsored by


Do you judge a book by its cover?

“O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath.”

Bassanio, a young Christian Venetian, is in love with Portia, a wealthy heiress whose father devised a riddle before his death that must be solved by the man who should have her hand in marriage. Lacking the funds to travel to Portia, Bassanio calls on his friend Antonio, a Christian merchant willing to place his own reputation on the line in order to borrow money from Shylock, a Jewish money-lender. But should he be unable to pay back the debt, it turns out that more than Antonio’s reputation is at stake…

Things are not what they first appear in The Merchant of Venice, as Shakespeare explores themes of faith, judgement and mercy in this beautiful and relevant exploration of the “other.” When money collides with a centuries old feud over religion, what will take priority? This season’s Apprentice and Intern production, featuring the GRSF apprentice actors and intern designers from all across the country, provides a fresh take on Shakespeare’s complicated play that is sure to be a conversation starter about the division and conflict present in the world we live in today.

Who should you bring?

Featuring challenging themes such as anti-semitism and racism, this play is nonetheless more important than ever for a contemporary audience, and quite funny. Bring friends or family who are ready to discuss these topics and Shakespeare fans who seldom get to attend a full production of this rarely produced play.

Run time: 140 minutes, plus an intermission, performed in the Dorothy B. Magnus Black Box Theater


Morocco/Aragon/As Cast – Sam Biatch
Antonio – Irwin Daye
Bassanio – Damien Boykin
Gratiano – Sam Jones
Salarino – Reagan Sudduth
Solanio – Ava Kostia
Duke of Venice/As Cast – Daniel Stewart
Shylock – Andrew Oppman
Tubal/Old Gobbo/Salerio – Edgar Eguia
Portia – Roshni Desai
Nerissa – Gracie Belt
Jessica – Jamie Herb
Lorenzo – Isaac Baker
Lancelot Gobbo – Maya Christian

Production Team

Director: Bryan Hunt

Assistant Director: Gaby Rodriguez

Text Coach/Dramaturg: Victoria Teague

Special Events & Offers

PWYW (Pay What You WILL) Preview:

Catch the final stages of the rehearsal process during our PWYW Previews! You can see the show before the opening of the season and pay whatever you are able for your ticket. These tickets are not available online – call the Box Office or stop by in person to reserve a seat to the PWYW Preview performance. Then make sure to tell your friends about what you saw and invite them back for the “real” thing!

Opening Night, July 1

Shakespeare in Love kicks off our 15th Season on Friday, June 29th at 7:30 p.m. Opening Night is always an exciting event. Your Opening Night ticket to Venus in Fur will include admission to one of the Opening Weekend parties. Opening Weekend parties  include complementary food, cash bar, live music, and a chance to interact with GRSF company members. Don’t miss out on this spectacular event!

$12 Tuesday

Every Tuesday during the season is a $12 Tuesday (excludes Callithump!). All regular tickets are only $12 no matter where you sit (student tickets $10). Make sure to get yours early – these sell out quickly!