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William Shakespeare

Performance Dates

October 19-21, 1967

Creative Team

Director - Charles W. Dodrill

Designer-Technical Director - Fred Thayer

Costume Designer and Coordinator - Petie Dodrill

Music Director - Anthony Ginter


The Merchant of Venice is a 16th-century play by William Shakespeare in which a merchant in Venice must default on a large loan provided by an abused (Jewish) moneylender. It is believed to have been written between 1596 and 1599. Though classified as a comedy in the First Folio and sharing certain aspects with Shakespeare's other romantic comedies, the play is perhaps most remembered for its dramatic scenes, and it is best known for Shylock and the famous "Hath not a Jew eyes?" speech. Also notable is Portia's speech about "the quality of mercy".

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The Merchant of Venice