The Merchant of Venice

Performance Dates

Picture this: Venice!  A rich, bustling city where young lovers steal away in the night, old enemies battle back and forth, and braggart Captains vie for the hand of a wealthy heiress, whose luck is running out!  Faction of Fools has a long history of re-examining Shakespeare’s plays — finding comedic roots in the most famous of his tragedies, from the acclaimed A Commedia Romeo & Juliet to Hamlecchino: Clown Prince of Denmark. In 2014, Titus Andronicus was lauded as "sanguineous bliss" by the Washington Post, and DC Theater Scene said "it will be difficult to imagine Titus being played straight ever again."  Don't miss this full production of one of Shakespeare's most rich and intricate plays that explores a burgeoning merchant class and what happens when things get personal. 

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
120 minutes


Portia, Solanio
Nerissa, Solario, Old Gobbo
Antonio, Gobbo
Bassanio, Tubal
Lorenzo, Aragon, Duke
Gratiano, Morocco

Creative Team

Set Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Crista Noel Smith