Whether you consider this thought-provoking masterpiece a story of love and humor or one of racism and greed, Shakespeare’s controversial tragicomedy will touch your soul. Its modern and relevant themes and memorable characters could have been drawn from today’s headlines, and will certainly cause you to pause and think about justice and mercy, the complexity of humankind, and the nature of forgiveness and love.


"THIS IS POWERFUL STUFF, adeptly tackled by powerful actors." { more . . . }
— Brian Passey, The Independent

"THE MERCHANT OF VENICE is a standing-ovation-worthy production." { more . . . }
— Alisha Hagey and Jason Hagey, Front Row Reviewers

"A PRODUCTION THAT WORKS on its own terms." { more . . . }
— Russell Warne, Utah Theatre Bloggers Association



Director — Melinda Pfundstein
Scenic Designer — Apollo Mark Weaver
Costume Designer — Bill Black
Lighting Designer — Michael Pasquini
Sound Designer — Joe Payne
Music Director — Brandon Scott Grayson
Dramaturg — Isabel Smith-Bernstein
Voice and Text Coach — Jeremy Sortore
Fight Director — Geoffrey Kent
Movement Director — Megan Brunsvold Mercedes
Stage Manager — Bryan Sommer*

Scene: Venice and Belmont

There will be one intermission.


Antonio, a merchant of Venice — Leslie Brott*
Salarino, friend of Antonio and Bassanio — Kyle Bullock
Solanio, friend of Antonio and Bassanio — Ty Fanning
Bassanio, friend of Antonio, suitor of Portia — Wayne T. Carr*
Gratiano, friend of Antonio and Bassanio — Josh Innerst
Lorenzo, in love with Jessica — Josh Jeffers
Salerio Keaton Delmar Johns
Stephano, servant of Portia — Paul Michael Sandberg
Portia, a rich heiress, of Belmont — Tarah Flanagan*
Nerissa, her waiting gentlewoman — Betsy Mugavero*
Balthazar, servant of Portia — Michael Elich*
Shylock, a wealthy Jewish merchant — Lisa Wolpe*
Jessica, daughter of Shylock — Aidaa Peerzada
Lancelet Gobbo, servant of Shylock, then Bassanio Isabella Abel-Suarez
Tubal, a Jewish merchant, friend of Shylock Tracie Lane
Prince of Morocco, suitor of Portia Jamil Zraikat
Prince of Arragon, suitor of Portia Geoffrey Kent*
Singers Keaton Delmar Johns, Courtney McMullin
Duke of Venice Tracie Lane
Magnificos Geoffrey Kent*, Jamil Zraikat
Ensemble Sara Funk†, Chad Henwood†, Keaton Delmar Johns, Courtney McMullin


Antonio—Michael Elich*; Salarino/Gratiano—Jeb Burris*; Solanio/Bassanio—Brandon Burk; Lorenzo—Geoffrey Kent*; Stephano/Balthazar/ Tubal/Duke of Venice—Kipp Moorman; Portia—Tracie Lane; Nerissa/Shylock—Katie Cunningham*; Jessica/Lancelet Gobbo/Female Singer—Sara Funk†; Prince of Morocco—Kyle Bullock; Prince of Arragon—Ty Fanning; Male Singer—Chad Henwood†

Understudies never substitute for listed players unless an announcement is made prior to the performance.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

†Appearing courtesy of the Southern Utah University Fellowship Program.


The fight is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.


The costume and sound designers are represented by the United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE.

Videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

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Play Details

June 30 – September 7, 2018

Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

By William Shakespeare

Melinda Pfundstein

2 hrs. 35 mins.

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Content Advisory
Dealing with marginalization and intolerance, this production will add a new dimension to the play by including women playing some men’s roles, including Shylock and Antonio. The Merchant of Venice contains some of Shakespeare’s usual innuendo and puns but is suitable for most audiences.

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