Guthrie Merchant of Venice Begins Performances March 10 | Playbill

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News Guthrie Merchant of Venice Begins Performances March 10 The Guthrie Theater's production of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice begins performances March 10 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage.

Directed by Joe Dowling, the Shakespeare classic will play a limited engagement through May 6. The cast features Matthew Amendt (Lorenzo), Raye Birk (Balthazar), Michael Booth (Solanio/Salerio), Robert Dorfman (Shylock), Wayne A. Evenson (Salarino), Susan Hofflander (Serving Woman), Richard S. Iglewski (Antonio), Jim Lichtscheidl (Launcelot Gobbo), Ron Menzel (Bassanio), Kris L. Nelson (Leonardo), Lee Mark Nelson (Gratiano), Michelle O'Neill (Portia), Stephen Pelinski (Price of Arragon/Duke of Venice), Mark Rosenwinkel (Old Gobbo/Tubal), William Sturdivant (Prince of Morocco), Christine Weber (Jessica) and Sally Wingert (Nerissa).

"In Shylock," Venice press notes state, "Shakespeare created a notorious yet surprisingly sympathetic villain confronting the anti-Semitism of his time. As the controversial moneylender demands his pound of flesh, this poetic tale explores the issues of prejudice, intolerance, faith and personal identity — themes that still resonate today."

The Guthrie Theater is located in Minneapolis at 818 South 2nd Street. For more information visit

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