Thursday-Saturday 7 p.m.
Sunday 3 p.m.
Free admission

The Merchant of Venice may be the most serious comedy you will ever see! Filled with some of Shakespeare’s most famous characters and beautiful speeches, Merchant explores the universal issues of friendship, love, prejudice, and, in a memorable passage, “the quality of mercy.” The play focuses on Bassanio, a young man who asks his friend Antonio for a loan so he can woo the beautiful and wealthy Portia. Wanting to help his friend, but not having the money at hand, Antonio takes out a loan from the despised Shylock, a Jewish usurer. Shylock agrees, but insists that, should Antonio not repay the loan on time, Antonio will forfeit a pound of his own flesh. Bring your picnic, lawn chairs, and blankets and enjoy another summer of Shakespeare under the Stars.