ADVICE TO THE PLAYERS PRESS RELEASE – for immediate release
Advice To The Players to present The Merchant of Venice
Advice To The Players presents an evening of love mixed with conflict in William Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’. Now in its 14th year, this tiny company continues to challenge and entertain the Lakes and Mountains region with its dynamic performances filled with lovers, clowns and mistaken identities, all the while asking us to examine such troubling issues in society as prejudice, racism and abuse. Following on the heels of last year’s successful production of ‘Othello’ this challenging play was chosen by Advice To The Players’ founder, Caroline Nesbitt, who returns to the directors’ chair after a two-year break.
“In writing ‘The Merchant of Venice’, William Shakespeare shone a harsh and unflinching light on the realities of racism and intolerance in the society he lived in” says Nesbitt, “and 400 years later, we are living in a society that is more and more polarized, with xenophobia rampant against ‘the other’ - Jews, Muslims, Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans - indeed, anybody who does not look, dress, or act as ‘we‘ do. The play – like life – doesn’t give us a simple answer, or even a satisfying conclusion. But it does open the conversation. And that conversation – about who we are and how our prejudices and ignorance impact and often destroy the lives of others – is a conversation that we need to keep having until we finally get the right answer: that all races and creeds are equal, and therefore deserving of equal rights and standing in our ‘free’ society.”
‘The Merchant of Venice’ has provided Advice To The Players’ talented cast of students, community actors, and theatre professionals a platform for exploring and discussing these very issues as the play gets ready for its performances. Leading the company is area favorite Bob Bates in the role of Shylock, with Chris Boldt as the merchant Antonio. Angela Smith takes on the role of Portia and Andrew Codispoti plays Bassanio. Adding comic relief are young and old Gobbo, played by newcomer Chris Ferrill teaming with old hand Lisa Thompson. Other local and returning performers include Christine Titus, Dennis Sullivan, Brianne Robitallle, Lauren Hansen, Leo Greene, Tamara Sayers, and Lee Stockman. Student participants are William Johnston, Rowan Heard, Emma Bickford, Jacob Morgan and Laura Speake. The production is Stage Managed by Jessie Earl assisted by Robin Booty, Neil Pankhurst of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is the Lighting Designer, Carolyn Boldt and De Robitaille are the costumers and Will Cabell is assisting with production design.
“We believe that the greatest calling a theatre company can have - especially when it is rooted in its own community – is to be a mirror of our human nature, a stepping stone to greater understanding and tolerance, and a deeper sense of who we are in the world.” says Executive Director Rebecca Boyden “Because this play addresses such challenging issues, we will be offering a company led “talk-back” after every performance.”
There will be six performances of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ on March 22 – 25. Four are at Inter-Lakes High School Community Auditorium in Meredith on Thursday & Friday March 22 & 23; evening shows are at 7:30pm and special Student/Senior Performances are at 10am on the 22nd and 9am on the 23rd. There will be two shows at Your Theatre at M&D Productions, North Conway; Saturday, March 24 at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 25 at 2pm. Tickets are: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors, $7 under 18. Group rates are available. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 986-6253. Sponsored by Spider Web Gardens with Student matinees sponsored by Laconia Savings Bank. For information visit www.AdviceToThePlayers.org.
Robert Bates, Andrew Codispoti and Chris Boldt in rehearsal for ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at Advice To The Players. Performances are Thursday through Sunday, March 22 – 25 at Inter-Lakes High School Auditorium, Meredith and at Your Theatre at M&D Productions. For ticket information call 986-6253 or visit www.AdviceToThePlayers.org.
Advice To The Players presents William Shakespeare’s challenging play ‘The Merchant of Venice’ March 22 - 25. Locations and times are: Inter-Lakes High School Community Auditorium, Meredith; Thursday & Friday March 22 & 23 with evening shows at 7:30pm and special Student/Senior Performances at 10am on the 22nd and 9am on the 23rd. ~ Your Theatre at M&D Productions, North Conway; Saturday, March 24 at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 25 at 2pm. Tickets are: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors, $7 under 18. Group rates are available. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 986-6253. Sponsored by Spider Web Gardens with Student matinees sponsored by Laconia Savings Bank. www.AdviceToThePlayers.org