CENTREVILLE — Shore Shakespeare Company presents its final performance of “The Merchant of Venice” at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, 14 at the Centreville Wharf, 212 Watson Road.

Performances are free and open to the public. Attendees are advised to bring a picnic and a lawn chair or blanket. More information may be found at the company’s website, shoreshakespeare.com

“We invite you to experience William Shakespeare’s most controversial, most problematic and, perhaps, most modern and relevant play: ‘The Merchant of Venice,’” a news release states.

Set in 16th century Venice, it is on the surface a romantic comedy featuring a love tested by obstacles placed in the path of the lovers. The play also examines the darker themes of intolerance, tribalism, betrayal and revenge — personified in the characters Antonio, a Christian merchant, and Shylock, a Jewish moneylender. As the two plotlines weave together, nothing in “The Merchant of Venice” is quite what it seems to be, the release states.

Company co-founders appearing in the performance are Avra Sullivan as Portia and Christian Rogers as Antonio, Brian McGunigle as Shylock, Max Hagan as Bassiano, Howard Mesick as Gratiano and featuring Jackie Royer, Li Wojehowski, Troy Strootman, Paul Briggs, Samantha Davis, Josh Hansen, John Feldman, Deanna van Skiver, and Jane and John Tereby.

The production is co-directed by Christian Rogers and Juanita Wieczoreck, with costume design by Barbi Bedell and tech support by Hope Dorman.

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