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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.
What if Lady Macduff finally had her say beyond her 19 lines in The Scottish Play? Finlay Macbeth has done Lady Helen Macduff a terrible wrong. Now they are trapped, alone together, in a purgatorial waiting room. What if the only escape is forgiving the unforgivable? This riff on Shakespeare’s MACBETH is a life-after-death journey through the strange, the empty, and everything in-between. Run time: 1 hours, no intermission. No Late Seating. Recommended for ages 12 and up. No babes-in-arms. All patrons require a ticket regardless of age.