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~ The Merchant of Venice ~

Grove-Chesapeake performances, June 25-29; Norfolk performances, July 2-3


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. This summer’s season of entertainment featured Tidewater Community College’s annual, ever-popular Shakespeare in the Grove, presenting The Merchant of Venice


In TCC’s shaded grove, Shakespeare’s magic came to life in this comedy that often borders on farce. With poignant moments dealing with ethnic relationships, the action took place in two worlds: the world of downtown Venice – a world of business, merchant shipping, contracts and laws – and the romantic, almost fantasy world of Belmont where beautiful, wealthy women congregate at the palatial home of Portia. 


Play director and TCC theatre program head Ed Jacob advises playgoers each year to arrive early with blankets or low lawn chairs for the outdoor performances at the corner of Bells Mill and Cedar Road – adjacent to the TCC Chesapeake Campus. Suitable for a picnic night under the stars, food was available for purchase in the form of Italian sausage, grinders, pizza and Italian ice.


The free, public performances ran as follows:

  • Outdoor theatre in the grove on the Chesapeake Campus – 8 p.m., June 25-29 
  • TCC Roper Performing Arts Center in downtown Norfolk – 8 p.m., July 2-3


For more information call TCC Theatre, 822-5219, or TCC’s Information Center, 822-1122. For directions, see


The story ~ The plot centers on a young Venetian, Bassanio, who must borrow money from his friend Antonio to woo the rich and beautiful Portia. Antonio, short on cash due to investments in ships, offers to back a loan from Jewish moneylender Shylock.


Meanwhile, Portia has been busy dealing with the many, often fantastical suitors arriving daily in hopes of selecting the right “chest” with Portia’s portrait and the right to marry her. While, to Portia’s delight, Bassanio wins her hand, Antonio ends up in debt and in trouble. The witty Portia, unknown to anyone but her confidant, has a plan to disguise herself as a Venetian judge and preside at the court trial. ~ 



Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 38,000 students annually, the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit