Performed by the Actors From the London Stage
Wanting to belong is a powerful force—it drives us to search for love, strive for fortunes, rail against injustice, and embrace happiness. Shakespeare’s provocative comedy The Merchant of Venice starts with Bassanio’s quest for Portia. Funded by an ill-conceived loan drawn against Antonio’s expected fortunes, the road to true love will not be smooth. When plans go awry, betrayal and blind anger face off against a cry for compassion and a clever young lawyer in disguise. In the end, on a moonlit night in Belmont, all are left to question justice, the power of love, and how far we are prepared to go to belong.
Now in its 36th year, Actors From The London Stage is one of the oldest established touring Shakespeare theater companies in the world. Housed and workshopped in England with academic tours booked through the auspices of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, this program is truly unique. Featuring minimal props, costumes, and set, the clever staging showcases the talents of this five-member ensemble while keeping the focus where it belongs: Shakespeare’s words.
Performances will run from September 12, 2012, until September 14, 2012. All will take place at 7:30 p.m.
Presented by Shakespeare at Notre Dame.