Shakespearean actors employ several clever tactics to remember their lines, such as stapling the script to their costumes' torsos or scat singing for minutes on end until they recall forgotten soliloquies. Be moved by the powerful prose of Shakespeare and baroque beat boxing with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a B-level mezzanine ticket to a performance of The Merchant of Venice by the Shakespeare Theatre Company between June 22 and 26 (up to a $72 value). Tickets are assigned at the box office for B-level seating based on availability in the mezzanine of Sidney Harman Hall.
Directed by Shakespeare Theatre Company veteran Ethan McSweeny and staged by the STC for the first time in a decade, the company's rendition of The Merchant of Venice hopes to be both stirring and comedic, mixing mythic bargains with a cynical realism. Set during the 1920s on the Lower East Side of New York City, this modern take on a Shakespearean tale follows a trio of young men, each in search of treasure. Attempting to court an heiress, Bassanio requires 3,000 ducats, which his friend Antonio borrows from the moneylender Shylock with a pound of flesh promised as collateral; their friend Lorenzo plans to elope with Shylock’s daughter. Audiences wait to see if Shylock will regain his loaned fortune and lost daughter or Bassanio will win the hand of his lover, or whether Antonio will spend the third act locked in his basement reenacting Hamlet with his action-figures collection.
The Shakespeare Theatre Company is devoted to both reinterpreting and staging traditional renditions of plays from the Bard and those who were influenced by him. After getting their Groupon, Shakespearean superfans must register online with the Shakespeare Theatre Company and select their preferred show date and time. Preference of dates is first come, first served, so cancel plans to watch unfaithful modern Shakespearian adaptations such as Robo-Romeo-Cop before the premium dates are gone.
Shakespeare Theatre Company
The Shakespeare Theatre Company is devoted to both reinterpreting and staging traditional renditions of plays from the Bard and those who were influenced by him. Since its first production of Romeo and Juliet in 1986, the company has blossomed into a diverse, highly practiced proponent and preservationist of the playwright’s works.