Shakespeare in the Park

Summer 2020

The Merchant of Venice

 

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Michael Johnson

In Shakespeare’s play about the conflict of selflessness and self-interest, a young Venetian merchant, Bassanio, needs a loan of three thousand ducats so that he can woo Portia, a wealthy Venetian heiress. If he chooses that he may marry Portia, but if he does not marry Portia, he must vow never to marry or court another woman ever again.

Much Ado About Nothing

 

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jenni Stewart

Shakespeare’s comedy revolves around two pairs of lovers, Beatrice & Benedick & Claudio and Hero. The play takes us through the obstacles, mishaps, and tumultuous love-hate relationship between the lovers, featuring the “merry war” of the sexes.