The Merchant of Venice

Featuring John Douglas Thompson, directed by Arin Arbus. A Co-production with Off-Broadway’s Theater for a New Audience and The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. (2/5/22-4/27/22)

Arin Arbus lets us see all the ugliest implications of “The Merchant of Venice” in the fascinating production she has staged for the Shakespeare Theatre Company. You can claim for this great and hideous play — in which not a single character escapes shame — an idea that Shakespeare is unflinching in his portrait of vengeance and prejudice.

…. As Portia’s servants, Shirine Babb and Jeff Biehl also provide vibrant support.

Peter Marks, The Washington Post

Isabel Arraiza, Varín Ayala, Shirine Babb, Jeff Biehl, Sanjit De Silva, Danaya Esperanza, Yonatan Gebeyehu, David Lee Huynh, Maurice Jones, Nate Miller, Alfredo Narciso, Haynes Thigpen, John Douglas Thompson, Graham Winton

Creative Team
Arin Arbus (director), Riccardo Hernandez (set), Emily Rebholz (costumes), Marcus Doshi (lights), Justin Ellington (original music & sound), Shane Schnetzler (production stage manager)