The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Claudia Bach

All that glisters is not gold. So warns Shakespeare's increasingly relevant problem play. Through the story of several characters caught in a world rampant with antisemitism and hate, Shakespeare invites us to ask ourselves what makes a villain? What makes a hero? Where do we draw the line between justice and cruelty? And that perhaps the divide between the two is not as simple as we might like to think.


Monday, February 5, 8pm
Greenbelt Community Center, Room 202
15 Crescent Road Greenbelt, MD 20770

Tuesday, February 6, 8pm
Greenbelt Arts Center
123 Centerway Greenbelt, MD 20768

Friday, February 9, 8pm
Greenbelt, MD

June 15-30 at the Greenbelt Arts Center in Greenbelt, MD

Rehearsals will be held weekday evenings in Greenbelt, MD.

Audition Information

Character descriptions (pdf) now available.

All parts are open to actors of all genders, ages, races, and abilities, and all are encouraged to audition.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, which will be provided at the time of audition. No appointment is necessary, and please plan to attend only one of the two audition dates. Callbacks, if necessary, will be on the Friday of that week. Headshots and resumes are not necessary but encouraged. Likewise, though not necessary, a prepared monologue, which need not be memorized, is welcomed.

The Rude Mechanicals are a nonprofessional theater troupe. All participants are volunteers.