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Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.

The magic of Venice was in the air at Shakespeare & Company last night. After a stirring performance of The Merchant of Venice, directed by Tina Packer in the Tina Packer Playhouse, it was cocktails, dinner, and dancing under the stars on the beautiful campus of Shakespeare & Company. Guests mingled with actors and dignitaries at the annual Gala and BroadwayWorld was there. The play runs through August 21st. Check out the photos below.

Located in The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country, operating year-round. The organization attracts more than 60,000 patrons annually, with a core of over 150 artists.

The Company develops and performs Shakespeare, classics, contemporary, and new plays of social and political significance generating opportunities for collaboration between actors, directors and designers of all races, nationalities and backgrounds.

Shakespeare & Company embraces the core values of Shakespeare's work: collaboration, commitment to language, visceral experience and classical ideals, expressed with physical prowess and an embodied contemporary voice.

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Tina Packer, Director, Founding Artistic Director

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Tina Packer

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Curtain Call, The Merchant of Venice

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
John Hadden (Antonio), curtain call

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Jonathan Epstein (Shylock)

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Curtain Call

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Tina Packer

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Ariel Bock & Jonathan Croy, co-artistic directors

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Tina Packer

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Ken Werner, Chair, Board of Trustees

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Kevin G. Coleman, Education Director

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Eric Avari (Duke), Betsy Lee Workman, Reid White, Gwendolyn Schwinke, voice/text coach, Miles Anderson, Bella Merlin, (Nerissa), Stephen Sorokoff, Eda Sorokoff, Michale Fuchs (Old Gobbo), Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Associate Director

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Tina Packer & Eda Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Leslie Jerome, Stephen Sorokoff, Eda Sorokoff, Steve Jerome

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Eda Sorokoff & Richard Grausman

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Jonathan Croy

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Shakespeare & Company Gala

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
John Hadden & Eda Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Curtain Call

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
John Hadden, curtain Call

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
The Merchant of Venice, curtain call

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Shakespeare & Company Gala

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Ryan Leeds, Molly Clancy, publicity director, Pete Sanders

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Stephen Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Shakespeare & Company Gala

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.
Tina Packer Playhouse

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Gala of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare & Co.



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