Actors from the London Stage (AFTLS) fall 2012 residency will take place this year from Friday, Sept. 28 through Saturday, Oct. 6 at The University of Texas at Austin. This year, AFTLS will perform "The Merchant of Venice" at Hogg Auditorium on UT Austin campus on Oct. 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. It will then be performed at the Winedale Historical Center on Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
"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.
Tickets are $20 and $10 for UT ID-holders and all students.
For Hogg Auditorium performances, tickets can be purchased by calling (512) 477-6060 or visiting the AFTLS at UT website. Tickets for the Winedale performance are available through the Shakespeare at Winedale websiteor by calling (512) 471-4726.