‘The Merchant of Venice’ returns to Blount Library

So that Blount County residents can enjoy Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” production in its entirety, the Tennessee Stage Company will be returning to the Blount County Public Library at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18.

Although “The Merchant of Venice” was rained out in July at the library, actors from the Tennessee Stage Company will be returning to perform the conclusion of the story. First, they’ll present a synopsis of the play, followed by the concluding acts. This performance will be indoors, so come to the library to enjoy a Shakespearean production.

Directed by Michael Golebiewshi, The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. A dark comedy, the plot explores greed, racism and abuse of power. When Antonio, a merchant of Venice, needs immediate money to help his friend woo a beautiful, rich young lady, he goes to Shylock, a Jewish money lender who offers to lend the money only if the collateral is a pound of Antonio’s flesh! In one of drama’s most tension-filled courtroom scenes, Shylock demands his pound of flesh after the note comes due.

Performers of the Tennessee Stage Company, under the leadership of Tom Parkhill, are all professional actors. This year’s presentation at the library is the third for the group, sponsored by the Friends of the Blount County Public Library.

Free and open to the public, these programs will be at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

For further information about this program or other library programs or services, call the library at 865-982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blountlibrary.org.

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