Press Release: Theatre Banshee Presents William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”

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BURBANK, CA—9 March 2012—Theatre  Banshee presents Shakespeare’s disturbing comedy The Merchant of Venice at The Banshee, 3435 W. Magnolia, Burbank, for an eight week run, March 24 through May 13. March 22 & 23 are a special $7 preview performances.

In this tangled tale of friendship and romance,  a merchant  borrows money to help his friend woo a maiden and secures the loan with a pound of his own flesh as collateral. Will true love win out or will Shylock the Jew come, knife in hand,  to claim is pound of flesh? Flagrant racism and anti-Semitism mix uncomfortably with honor, friendship and love in a play that defies categorization. Funny, horrifying, charming and unsettling, The Merchant of Venice has remained  one of Shakespeare’s most popular —and controversial — plays for more than four centuries.

The Merchant of Venice features: Mark Anthony Barrow, Paul Bond, Joe Corgan, Andrew Graves, Ira Heinichen, Christine Joëlle, Daniel Kaemon, Maeve Kiely, Kirsten Kollender, Kerr Seth Lordygan, Barry Lynch, Brett Mack, David Reynolds, James Schendel, Tim Stafford, Sarah van der Pol, Ericka Winterrowd,  Time Winters. The design team includes scenic design by Arthur MacBride, lighting by Bosco Flanagan, costumes by Christy Hauptman and an original score by Reber Clark. Sean Branney directs the production.

Theatre Banshee’s 2011 season was nominated  for the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Best Season. Those productions (The Crucible, The Walworth Farce and Dolly West’s Kitchen) are currently nominated  for eight LA Weekly and LA Drama Critics Circle Awards. Banshee’s production of The Crucible won a Back Stage West Garland Award for Best Director (Sean Branney).

The Merchant of Venice perform Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays and 8pm and Sundays at 2pm, March 24th    through May 13th  at The Banshee, 3435 W. Magnolia in Burbank. General admission tickets are $20; student and senior tickets are $16; and tickets for groups of 6 or more are $13 each. March 22 and 23 are Special Preview Performances where tickets are a mere $7. For information and tickets please call 818•846•5323 or visit http://www.theatrebanshee.org.

Press photos will be available at http://www.theatrebanshee.org/merchant/pressphotos.html

Sean Branney • Leslie Baldwin — Producers

3435 W. Magnolia Blvd. • Burbank, CA 91505 818 846 5323  •  www.theatrebanshee.org

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