Merchant, a tragicomedy (originally titled The Merchant of Venice) by William Shakespeare, is believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598. Though classified as a comedy in the First Folio and sharing certain aspects with Shakespeare’s other romantic comedies, the play is perhaps most remembered for its dramatic scenes, and is best known for ‘Shylock’ and the famous “Hath not a Jew eyes” speech, or in our production “Hath not a Haitian eyes”. Also notable is the speech by ‘Portia’ about the “quality of mercy”. For this production, the play has been edited and updated by director Gordon Mills.
The title character is the merchant ‘Antonio’, not the Haitian numbers runner ‘Shylock’, who is the play’s most prominent and most famous character.
The cast for this production of Merchant is a follows:
Shylock – Rudy Levarity
Bassanio – Chigozie Ijeoma
Gratiano – Matthew Wildgoose
Antonio – Keith McConnell
Tubal – Bernard Petit
Belladona – Amala Madueke
Launcelot – Otis Forbes
Lorenzo – Giovanni Stuart
Portia – Jovanna Hepburn
Nerissa – Patrice Francis
Jessica – Stacey Stubbs
Attorney General – Jane Poveromo
This play is directed by Gordon Mills who is assisted by Erin Knowles.
Merchant will be performed at the College of The Bahamas Performance Arts Centre (PAC) on the following dates and times:
Tuesday, October 2nd – 11:00am – PAC
Wednesday, October 3rd – 11:00am – PAC
Thursday, October 4th – 11:00am – PAC
Thursday, October 4th – 8:00pm – PAC
Friday, October 5th – 11:00am – PAC
Friday, October 5th – 8:00pm – PAC
Saturday, October 6th – 8:00pm – PAC
Sunday, October 7th – 4:00pm – PAC
The artwork for this production is by the production’s own Gratiano, Matthew Wildgoose. Art direction by Julia Ames.