The Atlanta Shakespeare Company Presents The Merchant of Venice in Repertory with A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Shakespeare Evolution Series The ComediesNow that they  have completed Shakespeare’s entire canon, they’re starting over by producing The Comedies in the order in which they were written! Part of the Shakespeare Evolution Series, The January Repertory includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice from January 5 to 29, 2012.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Directed by Andrew Houchins, plays January 6, 14, 15, 19, 20, 28, and 29 with a $12 general admission preview on Thursday, January 5, 2012.  Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday January 15  after the show!

Audiences just can’t get enough of this fairy-filled romp through the woods! With the comedic stylings of some of ASC’s best clowning actors, this production is sure to please children of all ages.

Cast list:
Theseus, Duke ofAthens-Jonathan Horne
Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons – Tiffany Porter
Egeus, father of Hermia -Troy Willis
Hermia, daughter of Egeus, in love with Lysander – Jaclyn Hofmann
Helena, in love with Demetrius – Eliana Marianes
Lysander, in love with Hermia  – Matt Felten
Demetrius, in love with Hermia  – Paul Hester*
Oberon, King of the Fairies  -Jonathan Horne
Titania, Queen of the Fairies  – Tiffany Porter
Puck, or Robin Goodfellow – Daniel Parvis
Fairies  – Jeffrey Stephenson, Drew Reeves*, Nicholas Faircloth
Peaseblossom, fairy attendant to Titania -Troy Willis*
Cobweb, fairy attendant on Titania – Mark Schroeder
Moth, fairy attendant on Titania – Bryan Lee
Mustardseed, fairy attendant on Titania – J.Tony Brown*
Quince, a carpenter  – Drew Reeves*
Snug, a joiner – J. Tony Brown*
Bottom, a weaver – Nicholas Faircloth
Flute, a bellows-mender – Jeffrey Stephenson
Snout, a tinker – Bryan Lee
Starveling, a tailor – Mark Schroeder
Philostrate – Daniel Parvis

The Merchant of Venice, directed by Artistic Director Jeff Watkins, plays January 8, 12, 13, 21, 22, 26, and 27 with a $15 general admission preview on Saturday,  January 7, 2012. Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday January 22 after the show!

A lost fortune, a lover’s choice and one of the most powerful expressions of “the quality of mercy” in literature: meet Portia, Bassanio and Shylock, the Jewish moneylender and one of Shakespeare’s most controversial characters of all time. A suspenseful comedy with a tragic core that has intrigued audiences for centuries.  

Cast:
Duke ofVenice- Drew Reeves*
Portia, a rich heiress of Belmont – Amee Vyas*
Nerissa, her gentlewoman – Eliana Marianes
Prince ofMorocco, suitor to Portia – Drew Reeves*
Prince of Arragon, suitor to Portia –  Matt Felten
Antonio, a merchant ofVenice  -Troy Willis*
Leonardo – Chris Schulz
Bassanio, his friend, suitor to Portia –  Paul Hester*
Solanio, friend to Antonio and Bassanio – Nicholas Faircloth*
Salerino, friend to Antonio and Bassanio –  J. Tony Brown*
Gratiano, friend to Antonio and Bassanio – Daniel Parvis
Lorenzo, in love with Jessica –  Chris Rushing
Shylock, a moneylender and a Jew  -Doug Kaye*
Tubal, a Jew, his friend –  Drew Reeves*
Jessica, daughter to Shylock –  Jaclyn Hofmann
Leonardo – Mark Schroeder
Jailers – Chris Schultz, Matt Felten
Henchmen – Chris Rushing, Daniel Parvis
Launcelot Gobbo, Shylock’s servant  – Matt Felten
Old Gobbo, his father  -Doug Kaye*
Bassanio’s follower – Chris Schulz
Musicians – Mark Schroeder, Chris Schulz

Performance days and times:
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices:

Seating areas: Main Floor Seats, Box Seats (on floor) and Balcony Seats

 Regular Ticket Prices:

Thursday night:

  • Main: $24
  • Box: $20
  • Balcony: $15

 Friday night:

  • Main: $32
  • Box: $26
  • Balcony: $22

Saturday night:

  • Main: $36
  • Box: $30
  • Balcony: $24

 Sunday night:

  • Main: $28
  • Box: $22
  • Balcony: $15

 An 8% sales tax is added on top of all purchases made at The Shakespeare Tavern.

Discount Ticket Options: $12 tickets for Thursday Previews, $15 for Friday Previews (unless otherwise noted);. Student/Educator prices: $5 off per price level per night except in the Balcony on Thursdays and Sundays. Not valid on Saturday nights.  $14 for 10am matinees.  $3 off for Military, Seniors, Groups of 10 or more, except in the Balcony on Thursdays and Sundays. Promotional discount offers are not valid closing weekend of a performance.

Purchase Tickets Online for most performances at www.shakespearetavern.com.

For information on:

  • The Shakespeare Club Program and Flex Pass: call or email The Tavern Box Office at 404-874-5299 or boxoffice@shakespearetavern.com or visit our website at www.shakespearetavern.com.
  • Education Programs and Workshops: call or email Laura Cole, Education Director at 404-874-5299, X58 or laura@shakespearetavern.com
  • Volunteer Opportunities: call or email Suzanne Mercer, Volunteer Coordinator at 404-874-5299, X59 or suzanne@shakespearetavern.com

 Accessibility and The Shakespeare Tavern: The Shakespeare Tavern is handicapped accessible. Please let the box office know if you have any special needs that we should be aware of in order to make your Shakespeare Tavern experience the very best we can. Our handicapped entrance ramp/parking is located directly behind our building. Once you turn onto Renaissance Parkway from Peachtree Street, you will turn right onto Courtland Street. The Tavern’s back entrance will be immediately on your right once you clear the building on the corner and the traffic poles. The turn comes up quickly, so please drive slowly. Handicapped parking is directly in front of the ramp, behind our building.                              

Location: The New American Shakespeare Tavern is located at 499 Peachtree Street, NE, just four blocks south of The Fox Theater and directly across the street from Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Parking: In the evening, we recommend parking in the Emory University Hospital Midtown Parking Deck located directly across the street from the front doors of The Shakespeare Tavern on Peachtree Street. Regular parking price is $5.                       

DO NOT park on Pine Street or in the empty parking lots on Pine Street. Your car might be booted if you park in these lots.

Food and Beverage Service: The Tavern opens one hour and fifteen minutes before the performance for food and beverage service. Chef for a Night provides a British-pub-style menu for dinner. The Tavern has a beer, wine, coffee, tea, and soft drink bar that serves Bass and Guinness on tap.

Seating and Box Office: Seating is done on a “first come, first served” basis within each designated section. Table seating is limited however all seats can accommodate food and beverages. For reservations or more information, call or email The Tavern Box Office at 404.874.5299 or boxoffice@shakespearetavern.com or order tickets on-line at http://www.shakespearetavern.com/.

* Denotes a member of the Actor’s Equity Association