The Merchant of Venice

Helen Hayes Awards Recommended
Text by
William Shakespeare

Directed by
Paul Reisman

Gallaudet University's
Eastman Studio Theatre
Nov 18 - Dec 11, 2016

The Merchant of Venice poster

“brisk, entertaining, and hyper-accessible” says The Washington Post
“Faction of Fools has given theatergoers a gift with a series of
commedia-flavored productions that have allowed us
to see the classics with new eyes.”
Read the full review, HERE!

“★★★★” proclaims DC Theatre Scene! Calling The Merchant of Venice,
“carefree and funny while relaying the timeless messages of life and humanity.”
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“This is an innovative new production that will leave you
wanting to talk about it after you leave the theater.” raves DCMTA,
“That is always a good-sign and the genius of great theater.
Faction of Fools' The Merchant of Venice will leave its mark on you.”
Read the full review HERE!

MD Theatre Guide raves, "Director Paul Reisman has created a beautiful Commedia production of “The Merchant of Venice.” The cast's physical prowess and the fantastic use of mask made for a deliciously sensory take on a classic Shakespearian piece."
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Journey with the fools back to the vibrant Renaissance city of Venice. A place full of rich characters and bustling marketplaces! Young lovers steal away in the night, old enemies battle back and forth, and braggart Captains vie for the hand of a wealthy heiress, whose luck is running out!

Faction of Fools has a long history of re-examining Shakespeare's plays — finding comedic roots in the most famous of his tragedies, from the acclaimed A Commedia Romeo & Juliet to Hamlecchino: Clown Prince of Denmark. In 2014, Titus Andronicus was lauded as "sanguineous bliss" by the Washington Post, and DC Theater Scene said "it will be be difficult to imagine Titus being played straight ever again."

Don't miss this full production of one of Shakespeare's most rich and intricate plays that explores a burgeoning merchant class and what happens when things get personal.

Nov. 18 — Dec. 11
Fri and Sat @ 8pm
Sat and Sun @ 2pm

Special Monday Night Performance
Monday December 5th at 7:30pm

Tickets available HERE or 1-800-838-3006
$25 regular; $18 students, seniors, and military; $12 children under 12

Natalie Cutcher
Vince Eisenson
Daniel Flint
Ben Lauer
Alexseyia McBride
Teresa Spencer
Ryan Tumulty
and Matthew Pauli

Costume Design by Lynly Saunders
Set Design by Daniel Flint
Lighting Design by Chris Curtis
Properties by Crista Noel Smith
Music composed by Jesse Terill
Masks by Aaron Cromie

Directed by Paul Reisman
Stage Manager: Sam Owen
ASL Consultant: Dr. Lindsey D. Snyder
Performance interpreters: Dr. Lindsey D. Snyder, Mary Beth Morgan

Gallaudet University Theatre Arts Dept. LogoEastman Studio Theatre – Elstad Annex
Gallaudet University
, 800 Florida Ave NE, WDC
* Free Parking * Metro: Red Line, NoMa-Gallaudet U *
Click here for directions.

Running time: Approx 125 minutes; Appropriate for ages 10 and up.

Select performances ASL interpreted.  Open Captioning available.
ASL interpreted 11/18, 12/2, 12/10 @ 8pm, 12/4 @ 2pm
Open Captioning available upon request.