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AFTLS returns to Austin with The Merchant of Venice

Posted: September 19, 2012
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Actors from the London Stage (AFTLS) fall 2012 residency will take place this year from Friday, September 28th – Saturday, October 6th at the University of Texas at Austin. This year, they will be performing The Merchant of Venice at the Hogg Auditorium on UT Austin campus on October 3rd, 4th, and 5th at 7:30pm. It will then be performed at the Winedale Historical Center on October 6th at 7:30pm.

The Merchant of Venice, one of Shakespeare’s darker comedies, aptly begins, “In sooth, I know not why I am so sad.”  The play highlights the conflict of spiritual and material values in the cosmopolitan city of Venice. When a bond is forfeit for lack of payment, religious tensions erupt into a threat of bloody revenge. Meanwhile, three caskets and a dead father’s will determine the fate of a rich young woman and her suitors. Justice and mercy hang in the balance in a courtroom where nothing is as it seems. Light-hearted elements of song and disguise complement this provocative exploration of ethical values. 

 

For more information, please visit The Actors From the London Stage Schedule of Events webpage.

 

Here is the full schedule of events related to the AFTLS Residency:

PRE-RESIDENCY EVENTS:

Friday, September 28th, 3pm - Prothro Theater, Harry Ransom Center:

British Studies Talk by Professor James Shapiro, Columbia University, “Imagining Jews in Shakespeare's England"  

Friday, September 28th, 6:30pm - Eidman Courtroom, UT Law School:

Shakespeare and the Law Panel - “’Is that the law?’: Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

Panel Members: Angela Littwin (UT Law), Alan Friedman (UT English), James Loehlin (UT English), James Shapiro (Columbia University)

With performances of the courtroom scene from The Merchant of Venice by Spirit of Shakespeare, UT’s Department of Theatre and Dance, and The Hidden Room

AFTLS RESIDENCY WEEK:

Wednesday, October 3rd, 12 noon - Harry Ransom Center Plaza:

Poetry on the Plaza: Michael Palmer performs “The Poetry of Jacques Prévert”

Wednesday – Friday, October 3rd – 5th, 7:30pm - Hogg Auditorium, UT Austin:

Performances, The Merchant of Venice

Saturday, October 6th, 7pm – Winedale Historical Center, Winedale Theater Barn:

Performance, The Merchant of Venice

Tickets:

General Admission - $20; UT Faculty/UT Staff/Students - $10

For Hogg Auditorium performances, call 512.477.6060 or visit the UT Performing Arts Center Website

For Winedale performances, call 512.471.4726 or visit Shakespeare at Winedale

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