a world premiere by Debora Threedy

February 15-March 3, 2024

SATURDAYS @ 4pm (ASL February 17, Sensory Friendly February 23)

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What if Portia’s appearance as a male lawyer in court wasn’t the first—or last—time she dressed in drag?

Portia is a noblewoman in 16th century Venice, She wants to be a lawyer, but that profession is reserved for men. Her lawyer cousin Bellario won’t teach her. Her husband Bassanio is in serious legal trouble … and he’s in love with his best friend Antonio. Things are not going well. What’s a girl to do?

1. Create an alter ego (enter Balthazar).
2. Trick Bellario.
3. Represent Antonio (and Bassanio) in court.

This riff on Shakespeare’s THE MERCHANT OF VENICE is a life-and-death journey through the law, love, and gender identity.

Developed in our Lab and Script-In-Hand Series + Words Cubed at Utah Shakespeare Festival.

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Playwright: Debora Threedy
Actors: Jason Bowcutt & Lily Hye Soo Dixon
Director & Sound Designer: Cheryl Ann Cluff
Intimacy Director: Liz Whittaker
Lighting Designer: Marley Keith
Props Designer: Arika Schockmel
Show Art & Costume Designer: Aaron Asano Swenson
Scenic Designer: Janice Chan
Stage Manager & Scenic Builder & Electrician: David Knoell

“When we are both accoutered like young men,
I’ll prove the prettier of the two.”
– William Shakespeare’s THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, Act III, Scene iv

“I think sometimes it’s easier to look at hot-button social issues with some distance built in.
I hope these characters invite you to embrace gender fluidity.”
– Playwright Debora Threedy