Directed by Nigel Shawn Williams • June 22 – September 16 • Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre

A deeply fascinating study in contrasts, Shakespeare’s timeless drama, set this season in modern-day Venice, exposes the consequences of how we treat outsiders in our midst. Portia and Bassanio discover true love but the merchant Antonio and the moneylender Shylock are driven by prejudice and the craving for revenge, as they move ever closer to a devastating judgement day.

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The Story

This production is set in present-day Venice. At a street café in the Rialto, Bassanio, heir to a textile company, confides to his friend, Antonio, that he is broke. He wants to marry Portia, a wealthy heiress, and hopes to borrow some money so he can properly woo her. Antonio, a successful merchant, explains his fortune is tied up in offshore ventures. He suggests Bassanio approach Shylock, a local moneylender, and offers to secure the bond.

Bassanio and Antonio meet with Shylock, who agrees to a three-month loan with one condition: if the bond is not repaid on time, Antonio will owe Shylock a pound of his flesh. Antonio agrees to the terms.

At her Belmont home, Portia talks with Nerissa, her chief of staff, about her predicament; she is obligated to marry the man who succeeds in a high-stakes task ordered by her deceased father. A messenger reports that a suitor from Venice is making his way to Belmont. Nerissa secretly hopes it is Bassanio.

Back in Venice, Bassanio prepares to leave for Belmont with his friend, Gratiano. Meanwhile, Shylock’s daughter, Jessica, runs away from home with her father’s jewels and money to elope with Lorenzo, a man she knows Shylock would reject as a husband.

In Belmont, Portia entertains two princes at her residence. Each fails the required assignment. Bassanio arrives at Portia’s home and successfully completes the task, thus winning her hand. They soon fall in love and marry. Gratiano and Nerissa also have feelings for each other and get married. Portia and Nerissa give their husbands rings as bonds of their love; the men vow never to give the rings away.

Lorenzo, Jessica and their friend, Saleria, appear at Belmont with news that Antonio has defaulted on Shylock’s bond. Bassanio and Gratiano immediately set out for Venice with money from Portia to repay the loan. Portia and Nerissa follow without their husbands’ knowledge, leaving Lorenzo and Jessica behind to mind the estate.

At the courthouse in Venice, the Duke of Venice presides over Shylock’s case against Antonio. Portia and Nerissa enter the courtroom disguised as Balthazar, a young lawyer, and his clerk. As Balthazar, Portia uncovers loopholes in Shylock’s case and proves he has no legal standing to claim his penalty.

Prejudice, the strangle hold of patriarchy, and the impact of one’s choices come face to face as this story concludes. Truths are revealed and all must face the consequences of their actions.

Cast & Creative Team

Kate BesworthSolania | Beatrice

Kate Besworth

Solania | Beatrice

Andrew CowndenLancelet | Jailer | Court Attendant

Andrew Cownden

Lancelet | Jailer | Court Attendant

Edward FoyAntonio

Edward Foy

Antonio

Charlie GallantBassanio

Charlie Gallant

Bassanio

Olivia HuttPortia

Olivia Hutt

Portia

Luisa JojicNerissa

Luisa Jojic

Nerissa

Warren KimmelShylock

Warren Kimmel

Shylock

David MarrBalthazar | Prince of Aragon | Tubal | Court Attendant

David Marr

Balthazar | Prince of Aragon | Tubal | Court Attendant

Chirag NaikLorenzo | Messenger

Chirag Naik

Lorenzo | Messenger

Adele NoronhaSaleria

Adele Noronha

Saleria

Kamyar PazandehGratiano

Kamyar Pazandeh

Gratiano

Nadeem PhillipPrince of Morocco | Duke of Venice | Waiter

Nadeem Phillip

Prince of Morocco | Duke of Venice | Waiter

Carmela SisonLeonarda | Jessica

Carmela Sison

Leonarda | Jessica

Nigel Shawn WilliamsDirector

Nigel Shawn Williams

Director

Nigel Shawn Williams is a four-time Dora Mavor Moore Award winner as an actor and director, with numerous nominations for MECCA and Betty Mitchell Awards. His theatre credits include five seasons at Stratford and four seasons at the Shaw Festival, as well as performing in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. His theatre career includes credits of over 25 years as an artist. His productions have garnered critical and artistic success, and he continues to work actively as an actor and director, collaborating with theatre companies throughout Canada. Nigel is also heavily active in new play development and has helped develop over 40 new plays, either working as an actor, director or a dramaturge. He is also an educator, having taught courses at both York University and the University of Windsor. He has been, and continues to mentor young and emerging artist through the difficult transition from training schools to professional life.

Drew FaceyCostume Designer

Drew Facey

Costume Designer

Marshall McMahenScenic Designer

Marshall McMahen

Scenic Designer

Adrian MuirLighting Designer

Adrian Muir

Lighting Designer

Patrick PennefatherSound Designer

Patrick Pennefather

Sound Designer

Conor MooreProjection Designer

Conor Moore

Projection Designer

Alison MatthewsHead Voice & Text Coach

Alison Matthews

Head Voice & Text Coach

Nicholas HarrisonFight Director

Nicholas Harrison

Fight Director

Joanne P.B. SmithStage Manager

Joanne P.B. Smith

Stage Manager

Ruth BruhnAssistant Stage Manager

Ruth Bruhn

Assistant Stage Manager

Jennifer StewartApprentice Stage Manager

Jennifer Stewart

Apprentice Stage Manager

Wendy BollardDirecting Apprentice

Wendy Bollard

Directing Apprentice

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