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'The Merchant of Venice' by William Shakespeare


 

SEASON SPONSOR:
NORMA DAVENPORT

PRODUCTION SPONSORS:
PAT & JOHN HEMANN

The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Cynthia Meier
Music Direction by Jake Sorgen

April 30–May 17, 2015

Thursday–Saturday 7:30 P.M., Sunday 2:00 P.M.
plus a Saturday 2:00 P.M. Matinee May 16

Music Preshow begins 15 minutes before curtain
Discussion with the cast and director follows all performances

Performance Schedule

The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y
300 East University Boulevard

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Features one of Shakespeare’s most arresting characters, Shylock, for which
it is known, but the play is an ebullient romantic comedy as well.
The test of the caskets and the courtroom that decides the issue of the pound
of flesh are vivid and theatrical elements of a master dramatist.
The “just” revenge on Shylock, perhaps satisfying to an earlier audience,
is deeply disturbing in the contemporary era.

 

The Courtroom

The Courtroom

 

Patty Gallagher as Portia and Holly Griffith as Nerissa

Patty Gallagher as Portia and Holly Griffith as Nerissa

 

 

Holly Griffith as Nerissa, Patty Gallagher as Portia, and David Greenwood and Zackary Sinex as the Prince of Arragon and his train

Holly Griffith as Nerissa, Patty Gallagher as Portia, and David Greenwood and Zackary Sinex as the Prince of Arragon and his train

 

Adam Taner Harris as Lorenzo and Heather Meza as Jessica

Adam Taner Harris as Lorenzo and Heather Meza as Jessica

Photos by Tim Fuller

 

 

Podcast

Listen to our free open talk on
“The Plot of The Merchant of Venice and Key Speeches from the Play”
that was presented by
Dr. Peter Medine on Saturday, April 25th.

View the handout that was used at that open talk.

Poster

View the full-sized poster for the play

 

 

 


 

Press

The Rogue: Rogue Bard
The Rogue successfully produces Shakespeare’s problem play

Review of The Merchant of Venice by Sherilyn Forrester in the May 7 Tucson Weekly

This Merchant of Venice is rich with meaning

Review of The Merchant of Venice by Chuck Graham on May 4 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Rogue takes on a challenge
Merchant of Venice, filled-with-questions comedy, to be staged

Preview of The Merchant of Venice by Kathleen Allen in the April 30 Arizona Daily Star

Read others’ reviews of The Rogue Theatre, or write your own review on TripAdvisor!

 

Direction

Cynthia Meier (Director)

Cynthia Meier (Director) is Co-Founder and Managing and Associate Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre where she has adapted and directed James Joyce’s The Dead and Kafka’s Metamorphosis, and directed Waiting for Godot, Jerusalem, Betrayal, Arcadia, Richard III, Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale, Shipwrecked!, New-Found-Land, Old Times, The Tempest, Naga Mandala, The Four of Us, Othello, Animal Farm, Orlando, Happy Days, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Fever and The Cherry Orchard. She holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of Arizona. She is co-founder of Bloodhut Productions, a company performing original monologues and comedy improvisation, which toured throughout the western United States. She also directed The Seagull (featuring Ken Ruta) for Tucson Art Theatre, and she directed Talia Shire in Sister Mendelssohn and Edward Herrmann in Beloved Brahms for Chamber Music Plus Southwest. Cynthia received the Mac Award for Best Director, Drama for Richard III in 2013, and for Arcadia in 2014. She has been nominated for seven Mac Awards for Best Actress from the Arizona Daily Star, and in 2008, she received the Mac Award for Best Actress for her performance of Stevie in Edward Albee’s The Goat at The Rogue Theatre.
Cynthia Meier’s direction of The Merchant of Venice is supported in part by a generous gift from John & Joyce Ambruster.

Notes from the Director

Shakespeare’s insight into the human heart is breathtaking. He reveals our most lovely, soaring joys and our darkest, ugliest frailties. He explores both of these in The Merchant of Venice, through two intertwining stories. In one story we have Shylock, who, hated by others, seeks revenge by demanding a pound of flesh for the late payment of a loan. In the other story, we have Portia, a wealthy heiress who must secure a husband through a fairy-tale choice of gold, silver, or lead caskets. Shakespeare brings these two stories together in one of the most famous scenes in all of dramatic literature: the courtroom of Venice.

Some people believe that The Merchant of Venice should never be performed because of the anti-Semitic world it describes. The hatred directed at Shylock, who is more often referred to as “The Jew,” is ugly and difficult to watch. But Shakespeare’s rendering has made it possible for Shylock to transform over the centuries from a villain to a deeply sympathetic man. In 2015, we cannot look at him in any other way. We see the hypocrisy of those around him and watch skeptically as they exact their “mercy.”

We perform The Merchant of Venice in order to begin a conversation. Religious and ethnic intolerance surrounds us today as it did in the year 1600, when the play was first performed. Our nature as human beings to ostracize those who are unlike us is exposed vividly on every news day. We shun and persecute “the other” in all forms. With this masterful play, we are forced to look truthfully at the treatment of our fellow human beings.

—Cynthia Meier, Director
director@TheRogueTheatre.org

 

 

The Courtroom

The Courtroom

 

Marissa Garcia as Lancelet Gobbo

Marissa Garcia as Lancelet Gobbo

Photos by Tim Fuller

 

Cast
in order of appearance

Antonio David Morden*
Salarino Christopher Johnson*
Salanio Connor Foster
Bassanio Ryan Parker Knox*
Lorenzo Adam Taner Harris
Gratiano Matt Bowdren*
Portia Patty Gallagher*
Nerissa Holly Griffith
Balthazar & others Nathan Oppenheimer
Shylock Joseph McGrath*
Prince of Morocco Kathryn Kellner Brown*
Lancelet Gobbo

Marissa Garcia

Old Gobbo/Duke Jay Hornbacher*
Salerio & others Zackary Sinex
Jessica Heather Meza
Prince of Arragon/Tubal David Greenwood*

  *Member of Actors’ Equity Association,
the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States,
appearing under a Special Appearance Contract

 

Matt Bowdren (Gratiano, Assistant Director)

Matt Bowdren (Gratiano, Assistant Director) has appeared at The Rogue in Waiting for Godot, Awake and Sing, Betrayal, Arcadia, Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess, after the quake (2013 Mac Award for Best Actor), Richard III, Metamorphosis, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Night Heron, Journey to the West, As I Lay Dying, Major Barbara, The Real Inspector Hound, New-Found-Land, The Four of Us, Six Characters in Search of an Author and The Goat. Other Arizona credits include The Pillowman with The Now Theatre and Romeo and Juliet with Southwest Shakespeare. Matt has worked regionally in Georgia and New York City performing with The Rose of Athens, Hudson Shakespeare Company, and Collaborative Stages. Matt holds an M.F.A. in Performance from the University of Georgia, and is currently engaged in a Post Graduate Fellowship in Acting at the University of Arizona where he teaches acting and directing and was recently seen in the Arizona Repertory Theatre production of Othello.
Matt Bowdren’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Ed & Nancy Landes.

Connor Foster (Salanio) is performing in his fifth show with The Rogue Theater. Connor first worked with The Rogue in 2008 when he appeared as The Boy in Six Characters in Search of an Author. In 2012 he worked as an ensemble character in Mother Courage, then in 2013 he played Claudio in William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. This season he has played Davey in Jerusalem and in the ensemble of The Lady in the Looking Glass. He is currently attending the University of Arizona as a B.A. Theater major. Connor would like to thank his family and friends for the love and support they've shown him in pursuing his passion.
Connor Foster’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Katharina Phillips & Sheldon Trubatch.

Connor Foster (Salanio)
Patty Gallagher (Portia)

Patty Gallagher (Portia) is an Artistic Associate of The Rogue Theatre and Professor of Theatre Arts at University of California Santa Cruz where she teaches movement, mask, Balinese dance, and clown traditions. With The Rogue, she was last seen as Mabel in The Lady in the Looking Glass, and has performed the roles of Madame Moiselle in Dante’s Purgatorio, Hannah Jarvis in Arcadia, Kali in Mistake of the Goddess (Hayavadana), Red Peter in Kafka’s Monkey, Mrs. Samsa in Metamorphosis, Monkey King in Journey to the West, Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale, Player 1 in Shipwrecked!, Alibech in The Decameron, Ariel in The Tempest, Rani in Naga Mandala, Emilia in Othello, the Player in Act Without Words, Orlando in Orlando, Sonnerie and Scarron in Red Noses, Winnie in Happy Days, Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard and Shen Te in The Good Woman of Setzuan. She has worked with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, The Folger Shakespeare Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, The New Pickle Circus, Ripe Time Theatre, Two River Theatre, Teatro Cronopio and Grupo Malayerba. She has performed, choreographed and directed workshops in Asia, South America, Europe, and the U.S. In 2006 she was Fulbright Scholar in Quito, Ecuador. In 2014 she was awarded the Pavel Machotka Chair in Creative Studies at UCSC’s Porter College. She holds a doctorate in Theatre from University of Wisconsin–Madison. From 2002 to 2010, she was Director in Residence at the Clown Conservatory, San Francisco Circus Center.
Patty Gallagher’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Pam Shack.

Marissa Garcia (Lancelet Gobbo) has appeared at The Rogue in Awake and Sing, Purgatorio, Betrayal, Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess, after the quake, Richard III, Metamorphosis, Mother Courage, The Night Heron, Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale, As I Lay Dying, and Major Barbara. Marissa has been honored to work for troupes in Colorado and California and graced with the talents of band mates throughout the country. A homegrown export, Marissa is a native Tucsonan and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing from the University of Arizona. Other local roles include: Ann Deever in All My Sons (Live Theatre Workshop), Thomasina Coverly in Arcadia (Arizona Repertory Theatre) and Ana Hernandez in Living Out (Borderlands Theater—Mac Award Nominee, Best Actress).
Marissa Garcia’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Joan Cook.

Marissa Garcia (Lancelet Gobbo)
David Greenwood (Tubal/Arragon)

David Greenwood (Prince of Arragon/Tubal) has appeared at The Rogue in Waiting for Godot, Jerusalem, Awake and Sing, Purgatorio, Arcadia, Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess, Richard III, Metamorphosis, Mother Courage, The Night Heron, Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale, As I Lay Dying, Major Barbara, The Real Inspector Hound, The Decameron and The Rogue’s first production, The Balcony. David has appeared locally in Shining City and The Birthday Party at Beowulf Alley Theatre and The One-Armed Man, The Disposal and The Glass Menagerie at Tucson Art Theatre.
David Greenwood’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from John & Joyce Ambruster.

Holly Griffith (Nerissa) has performed at The Rogue Theatre in the ensemble of The Lady in the Looking Glass, as Pea in Jerusalem, in the ensemble of Purgatorio and as Chloë Coverly in Arcadia. Holly has also served at The Rogue as a box office assistant, Stage Manager for Waiting for Godot and as dramaturg for Awake and Sing, Measure for Measure and Mistake of the Goddess. Holly is a Master’s student of English Literature at the University of Arizona where she also teaches Freshman Composition. Holly has worn many hats as a performing artist. She served as the President of Emerson Dance Company in Boston, MA, and choreographed a Student Dance Showcase at The Miami Valley School in Dayton, OH. Holly also directed Marina Carr’s By the Bog of Cats, and co-directed Brian Friel’s Lovers for Rareworks Theatre Company in Boston, MA.
Holly Griffith’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Lori Levine & Gary Benna.

Holly Griffith (Nerissa)
Adam Harris (Lorenzo)

Adam Taner Harris (Lorenzo) has appeared on The Rogue stage earlier this season as the Boy in Waiting for Godot. He is a senior at the University of Arizona, where he is pursuing a BA In Theatre Arts. He has appeared in the UA's productions of Mr. Marmalade (Bradley) and The Secret Garden (Colin u/s). After graduating, he plans on sharing his love for theatre by teaching at the high school level.
Adam Taner Harris’ performance is supported in part by a generous gift from an anonymous donor.

Jay Hornbacher (Old Gobbo/Duke) is delighted to be making his first appearance with The Rogue Theatre, a company whose work he has admired greatly since moving from Minneapolis to Tucson in 2011. Locally, he appeared with the Invisible Theatre in 2012 in the two-actor play Mesa, in which he played four characters. He has worked with several Minnesota theater companies, including the Guthrie, Theatre Latte Da, Jungle Theater, Park Square Theatre, Old Log Theatre, History Theater, and Illusion Theater. His most recent appearance was as an actor-singer with Theater Latte Da in their touring production of the highly acclaimed Steerage Song. He hopes to continue working in both Arizona and Minnesota. His wife Gayle is the Senior Pastor of Tanque Verde Lutheran Church in Tucson. Jay recently celebrated his 75th birthday and plans to continue acting as long as his voice and mind hold up. At last report, both are still reasonably intact. 
Jay Hornbacher’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Meg & Peter Hovell.

Jay Hornbacher (Gobbo/Duke)
Christopher Johnson (Salarino)

Christopher Johnson (Salarino) has previously appeared at The Rogue in Jerusalem, Purgatorio, Richard III, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Night Heron, Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale and As I Lay Dying. Recent local credits include turns with Winding Road Theater Ensemble as Pale (Burn This), Doug (Gruesome Playground Injuries) and The Master of Ceremonies (Cabaret) for which he received the 2013 Arizona Daily Star Mac Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Christopher Johnson’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Cheryl Lockhart.

Kathryn Kellner Brown (Prince of Morocco) performed with The Rogue Theatre as Mrs. Ivimey in The Lady in the Looking Glass, Dawn in Jerusalem, Lady Croom in Arcadia, Queen Margaret in Richard III, Paulina in A Winter’s Tale and Mrs. Baines in Major Barbara. She recently played Queen Eleanor in Southwest Shakespeare’s production of King John and participated in Phoenix Theatre’s 2014 24HR Theatre Project. Her early work also includes television and film. She has studied at ACT’s Summer Training Congress’ Classical Program in San Francisco, Royal National Theatre Studio in London and at Megaw Actors Studio in Phoenix. She holds a BFA, University of Arizona, and is also a member of SAG/AFTRA. 
Kathryn Kellner Brown’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Meg & Peter Hovell.

Kathryn Kellner Brown (Prince of Morocco)
Ryan Parker Knox (Bassanio)

Ryan Parker Knox (Bassanio)   The Rogue’s 10th Anniversary Season marks Ryan’s third as a member of the Resident Acting Company, having previously appeared in Journey to the West, The Night Heron, Mother Courage and Her Children, Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Richard III, Mistake of the Goddess (Hayavadana), Measure for Measure, Arcadia, Betrayal, Dante’s Purgatorio, Awake and Sing, Jerusalem, and most recently in the ensemble of The Lady in the Looking Glass. "RPK" is a native South Dakotan, but spent nearly eleven years in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area working for various theatres, including Gremlin Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, and Paul Bunyan Playhouse to name a few. But Ryan is pleased to now call Tucson home thanks to the fiercely intelligent Rogue audiences and his superb fellow ensemble members, a loyal day job that works with his Rogue schedule, and his lovely lady Shayna.
Ryan Parker Knox’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Bill & Carol Mangold.

Joseph McGrath (Shylock) is Co-Founder and Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre and has appeared in Waiting for Godot, Jerusalem, Awake and Sing, Arcadia, Measure for Measure, Richard III, The Night Heron, Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale, The New Electric Ballroom, Shipwrecked!, Major Barbara, New-Found-Land, Old Times, The Tempest, Ghosts, Naga Mandala, Othello, Krapp’s Last Tape, A Delicate Balance (2009 Mac Award for Best Actor), Animal Farm, Orlando, Happy Days, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Red Noses, The Goat, The Cherry Orchard, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Endymion, The Dead, and The Fever. Joe is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama and has toured with John Houseman’s Acting Company. He has performed with the Utah Shakespearean Festival and has been a frequent performer with Ballet Tucson appearing in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and for seventeen years as Herr Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker. He has also performed with Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Opera, and Arizona Onstage. Joe owns, with his wife Regina Gagliano, Sonora Theatre Works, which produces theatrical scenery and draperies.
Joseph McGrath’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Joan Cook.

Joseph McGrath (Shylock)
Heather Meza (Jessica)

Heather Meza (Jessica) is thrilled to be making her first performance at the Rogue Theatre! She is a senior in the BA Theatre Arts program at the University of Arizona. She was an actor and writer for original works such as Ouroboros (University of Arizona), Flatland (University of Arizona), and Adapt! (Live Theatre Workshop). Last year she performed at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival with Short Attention Span Theatre. Other credits include The Bear (Popova), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania), and Grease (Marty).

David Morden (Antonio) has been a part of The Rogue Theatre for nine years, where his appearances onstage include Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, Wesley in Jerusalem, Louis de Rougemont in Shipwrecked!, Jellaby and Captain Brice in Arcadia, Buckingham in Richard III, The Chaplain in Mother Courage and Her Children, Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale, Rinieri in The Decameron, Stephano in The Tempest, Editor Webb in Our Town, and in the ensembles of Purgatorio, Animal Farm and Orlando. He has acted locally with Arizona Opera (The Pirates of Penzance, The Threepenny Opera), Arizona Onstage Productions (Assassins), Actors Theatre (The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)) and Green Thursday Theatre Project (Anger Box, Rain), of which he was a co-founder. David also directed The Rogue’s productions of Measure for Measure, Major Barbara, Ghosts, A Delicate Balance, The Goat, Six Characters in Search of an Author and Krapp’s Last Tape, Not I & Act Without Words. David is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Movement in the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film and Television where he has directed Lend Me a Tenor and Inspecting Carol for Arizona Repertory Theatre and directed three one-act adaptations of Medea for the Studio Series.
David Morden’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Jan Linn & Richard Pincus.

David Morden (Antonio)
Nathan Oppenheimer (Balthazar & others)

Nathan Oppenheimer (Balthazar & others) is a third year student at the University of Arizona and is honored to be taking part in his second play with The Rogue, having appeared earlier this season as Lee in Jerusalem. While working on his degree in Theater and Creative Writing, Nathan has taken part in in Arizona Repertory Theatre’s productions of Cymbeline (Arviragus), The Fantasticks (Mortimer) and A Midsummer Nights Dream (Moonshine). He is also an active member of the University’s only short form improvisation troupe, The Charles Darwin Experience.
Nathan Oppenheimer’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Norma Davenport.

Zackary Sinex (Salerio & others) is excited to be taking part in his first Rogue Theater production. His past appearances onstage have been in collaboration with the University of Arizona’s Theater Arts Department in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Music Man. Additionally, Zack has spent time on television in a set of environmentally conscience commercials for Tucson Electric Power as “Otto Bright.” Zack’s present pursuits, aside from working with The Rogue, include studying theater arts at Tucson High Magnet School and playing steel drums in Tucson High’s steel drum band, Jovert. 

Zackary Sinex (Salerio & others)

 

>Holly Griffith as Nerissa, Nathan Oppenheimer as Balthazar, Kathryn Kellner Brown as the Prince of Morocco, Patty Gallagher as Portia and Zackary Sinex as the Prince's train

Holly Griffith as Nerissa, Nathan Oppenheimer as Balthazar, Kathryn Kellner Brown as the Prince of Morocco,
Patty Gallagher as Portia and Zackary Sinex as the Prince’s train

 

David Greenwood as Tubal and Joseph McGrath as Shylock

David Greenwood as Tubal and Joseph McGrath as Shylock

Photos by Tim Fuller

 

Music

Guitar, whistle, drum     Jake Sorgen

 

Preshow

Melancholy Galliard by John Dowland
Fantasia by Alfonso Ferrabosco
The Merchant Galliard by Jake Sorgen
In Belmont by Jake Sorgen
Antonio’s Ships by Jake Sorgen

 

Music Director’s Notes

Venice of the 16th century was one of the world’s first melting pots of cultures, ideas, religions, and commerce. It was known as the marketplace of the world. Shakespeare, while writing with a distinctly English viewpoint, seems to have captured this multiplicity of worlds. We not only see the struggle between Christians and Jews, but we meet Moroccans, Spaniards, merchants of high class and those hiding their poverty, a priestly Duke, and a lifelong servant.

From the opening bells, jingles, and rattles of coins and commerce, I’ve tried to capture this melting pot musically. I’ve worked with a wide array of 15th and 16th century lute works from composers John Dowland (England), Gasper Sanz (Spain), William Croft (England), Alfonso Ferrabosco (Italy), and Henry Purcell (England). Using this work as a foundation you’ll also hear original compositions on guitar and low whistle and all these sounds, cultures, and people converge in the courtroom scene as a single beating drum.

—Jake Sorgen, Music Director and Composer

 

Jake Sorgen (Music Director)

Jake Sorgen (Music Director) was music director for The Lady in the Looking Glass, Waiting for Godot, Jerusalem and Awake and Sing at The Rogue Theatre, and has performed as a musician at The Rogue in Purgatorio and Betrayal. Jake is a musician/composer originally from Woodstock, New York. Trained as both a guitarist and saxophonist, Jake has performed on mandolin, bass, Irish and Native American flutes and whistles, and other plucked and wind instruments in styles including Medieval, Baroque, Classical, American and European folk, jazz, and contemporary improvisation. As a solo artist Jake has released two albums, Sudden Myth in 2012 and In Transit in 2013 and performed extensively throughout the Northeast. In 2012 Jake composed the score for Rareworks Theatre’s production of Lovers and By The Bog of Cats in Boston. He is currently adapting Joseph Brodsky’s Watermark for guitar and voice.
Jake Sorgen’s music direction is supported in part by a generous gift from Bryan & Elizabeth Falcón.

 

>Holly Griffith as Nerissa and Matt Bowdren as Gratiano

Holly Griffith as Nerissa and Matt Bowdren as Gratiano

 

Christopher Johnson as Salarino, David Morden as Antonio and Connor Foster as Salanio

Christopher Johnson as Salarino, David Morden as Antonio and Connor Foster as Salanio

Photos by Tim Fuller

 

Designers

Costume Design Cynthia Meier

Costume design is supported in part by a generous gift from Ellen & Warren Bodow.

Scenic Design Joseph McGrath
Lighting Design Don Fox
 

Production Staff

Assistant Director Matt Bowdren
Stage Manager Leah Taylor
Dramaturg Kalan Benbow
Props Mistress Leah Taylor
Set Construction Joseph McGrath & Christopher Johnson
Costume Construction Cynthia Meier, Karen DeLay & Kathryn Kellner Brown
Scenic Artist Amy Novelli
Master Electrician Peter Bleasby
Assistant Lighting Designer Josh Hemmo
House Manager Susan Collinet
Assistant House Manager Caroline Ragano
Box Office Manager Thomas Wentzel
Box Office Assistants Kara Clauser, Holly Griffith & Rebekah Thimlar
Program Advertising Karen DeLay & Paul Winick
Poster, Program & Website Thomas Wentzel

 

Don Fox (Lighting Design)

Don Fox (Lighting Design) has designed lights for The Rogue Theatre for Awake and Sing, Dante’s Purgatorio, Betrayal, Arcadia, Measure for Measure, and Mistake of the Goddess. Don earned his MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Arizona and holds a B.A. in Theatre Administration from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. Don was the Lighting Designer and Production Manager for the 2014 West Coast tour of the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker and also toured nationally with Circus Electronica. Recently, he was the Summer 2014 season designer for the Post Playhouse at Ft. Robinson State Park in northwest Nebraska where he designed five musicals running concurrently. Prior to returning to grad school, Don was the Technical Director and Facilities manager for the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. He has served as lighting and sound consultant for Silversea Cruises, twice designed Shakespeare in the Park for the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, and is resident lighting designer for Tucson’s Artifact Dance Project. Favorite Tucson designs include Arizona Onstage’s recent production of Les Miserables and SAAF’s Moda Provacateur fashion show/fundraiser. His complete portfolio is at www.DonFoxDesigns.com.

Leah Taylor (Stage Manager) has served as Resident Stage Manager for The Rogue Theatre’s 2011–12 and 2012–13 seasons, Stage Manager for The Rogue’s recent productions of Jerusalem, Arcadia and Mistake of the Goddess (Hayavadana) and Assistant Director for Purgatorio, Betrayal and Measure for Measure. She was Assistant to the Stage Manager for The Rogue Theatre’s 2011 production of The Decameron, and has stage managed for several theatre companies in Tucson including the Now Theatre and Winding Road Theatre Ensemble. Leah received her BA in Classics and Anthropology from the University of Arizona.

Leah Taylor (Stage MAnager)
Peter Bleasby, Master Electrician

Peter Bleasby (Master Electrician) lit his first show at 13, using near-lethal home-made equipment.  Professionally, he was with BBC-TV for several years, and then was an assistant to UK lighting designer Richard Pilbrow, including the inaugural production at the National Theatre in London (Hamlet, directed by Olivier). He later transferred to the general lighting industry, handling projects ranging from major sports stadia to cathedrals, but maintained his theatre interests by lighting innumerable shows on both sides of the Atlantic.  When the Rogue established itself at The Historic Y in 2009, he volunteered for the initial lighting “hang,” returning in 2013 to work with lighting designer Don Fox and later with Deanna Fitzgerald.  For the 2014-15 season, he planned and supervised the installation of an extensive permanent wiring system that enables the lighting crews to devote more time to the creative process.  In Tucson, he also directs the technical and logistical aspects of Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation fundraisers, including the fashion show Moda Provocateur.

Susan Collinet (House Manager) earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Arizona in 2008. Decades before returning to college as a non-traditional student, Susan spent twenty years in amateur theater, mostly on the East coast, as well as in Brussels, Belgium in the American Theater of Brussels, and the Theatre de Chenois in Waterloo. She has worked in such positions as a volunteer bi-lingual guide in the Children’s Museum of Brussels, the Bursar of a Naturopathic Medical school in Tempe, Arizona, an entrepreneur with two “Susan’s of Scottsdale” hotel gift shops in Scottsdale, Arizona, and as the volunteer assistant Director of Development of the Arizona Aids Project in Phoenix. Susan continues to work on collections of poetry and non-fiction. Her writing has won awards from Sandscript Magazine, the John Hearst Poetry Contest, the Salem College for Women’s Center for Writing, and was published in a Norton Anthology of Student’s Writing. In addition to being House Manager, Susan serves on the Board of Directors and acts as Volunteer Coordinator for the Rogue.

Susan Collinet, House Manager

Our Thanks

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Arizona Theatre Company

 

 

>Marissa Garcia as Lancelet Gobbo and Jay Hornbacher as Old Gobbo

Marissa Garcia as Lancelet Gobbo and Jay Hornbacher as Old Gobbo

 

>Christopher Johnson as Salarino, Connor Foster as Salanio and Matt Bowdren as Gratiano

Christopher Johnson as Salarino, Connor Foster as Salanio and Matt Bowdren as Gratiano

 

Nathan Oppenheimer as Balthazar

Nathan Oppenheimer as Balthazar

Photos by Tim Fuller

 

Performance Schedule for The Merchant of Venice

Location: The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y, 300 East University Boulevard
Click here for information on free off-street parking

Performance run time is two hours and thirty minutes, including one ten-minute intermission, and not including music preshow or post-show discussion.

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm DISCOUNT PREVIEW
Friday, May 1, 2015, 7:30 pm DISCOUNT PREVIEW
Saturday, May 2, 2015, 7:30pm DISCOUNT PREVIEW
Sunday, May 3, 2015, 2:00 pm matinee OPENING PERFORMANCE SOLD OUT

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7:30 pm
Friday, May 8, 2015, 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:30 pm SOLD OUT
Sunday, May 10, 2015, 2:00 pm matinee SOLD OUT

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 7:30 pm
Friday, May 15, 2015, 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:00 pm matinee SOLD OUT
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 17, 2015, 2:00 pm matinee SOLD OUT

 

Patty Gallagher as Portia, Holly Griffith as Nerissa, Matt Bowdren as Gratiano and Ryan Parker Knox as Bassanio

Patty Gallagher as Portia, Holly Griffith as Nerissa, Matt Bowdren as Gratiano and Ryan Parker Knox as Bassanio

 

Joseph McGrath as Shylock

Joseph McGrath as Shylock

Photos by Tim Fuller

 

 

 

 

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