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The Merchant of Venice

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Presented by Austin Shakespeare at Zilker Hillside Theatre, Austin TX

May 08 - 26 2019
The Merchant of Venice

The City of Austin, in coordination with Austin Shakespeare, presents The Merchant of Venice FREE Shakespeare in Zilker Park

Austin Shakespeare will bring the romance, comedy and dramatic clashes of The Merchant of Veniceto the Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater. Produced in collaboration with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department for the 35thanniversary year, Shakespeare’s famous play will be performed under the stars from May 9 – May 26 on Thursdays – Sundays at 8pm, with a preview performance on Wednesday, May 8. The Merchant of Venice will be set in the Belle Époque of 1890s Italy,

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Free Admission

Contact: 512-470-4505


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Audience members may put a blanket or low chairs down on the hillside beginning at 6 pm. Smoking, alcohol and glass containers are banned in all city of Austin parks. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a leash. The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Zilker Hillside Theater is accessible to all audience members. There are a limited number of chairs available on site and ample places for wheelchairs near the stage. For information about accessibility contact (512) 974-4045.

Parking is available in the surface lots at the entrance to the Park.

There will be an audience talkback after each performance, featuring actors, the director and various specialty experts (designers. dramaturges, academics)

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Zilker Hillside Theatre

2206 William Barton Drive, Austin, TX 78746

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The Austin Creative Alliance is funded in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department's Cultural Arts Division and by grants from Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts which believes that a great nation deserves great art. The Creative Alliance also receives generous in-kind support from CreateAustin, and Time Warner Cable News. We are also grateful for the ongoing support and participation of our members and patrons.


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