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The Merchant of Venice

Butler University’s Theatre Department present Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Wednesday, November 11 through Sunday, November 15. The show fits with Butler Theatre’s 2009-2010 season themed: “The World Comes to Butler.” Visiting artist in residence Tim Hardy directs the show, bringing to life this classically complex play by the Bard. Performances take place in Lilly Hall Studio Theatre 168. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5.00 for students.

The Merchant of Venice has stood the test of time with two of Shakespeare’s most notable characters, Shylock and Portia. The play pits these two heavy weights against each other in a court of law. Shylock, the miser, simply seeks what he feels he is owed, while Portia, disguised as a man, seeks to save the man she loves. From their arguments, Shakespeare crafts the most famous pleas for humanity and compassion seen on stage. The Merchant of Venice has been both furiously attacked as a work of anti-semitic literature and proudly upheld as one of the most important attmepts at human understanding.

Director, Tim Hardy, comes to Indianapolis from London, England, where he is on faculty at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He has performed across Europe at some of the most prestigious theatres in some of the most challenging theatrical roles including the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Peter Brook’s Marat/Sade and Peter Hall’s Henry V. Hardy works extensivly with the Actors from the London Stage, a group seen at Butler University earlier this fall. Indy welcomes this prestigious director as he contributes to Indianapolis education at Butler University.

Performances are at 8:00 pm, November 11 through 14 and 2:00 pm on November 14 and 15. To purchase tickets call 317.940.9247 or visit Butler Theatre’s website. Every year Butler Theatre’s season offers unique contributions to Indianapolis theater and Indianapolis art. As one of the largest colleges or universities in Indiana, Butler constantly lives up to its proud reputation. The Merchant of Venice, their second production this year, is highly anticipated. Don’t miss your chance to see Shakespeare’s words illuminated by the work of Tim Hardy.

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The Merchant of Venice
November 11-14, 2009

Butler University Theater
1600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208
317.940.8043