The Bond

PFT’s inaugural, masthead production laid the groundwork for the company’s future projects. A 75- minute, 5-actor adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, the project premiered at Performance Works in 2005 to critical acclaim, earning the company 7 Jessie Richardson Award nominations and winning 2 (Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role – Todd Thomson; Outstanding Lighting Design – John Popkin). The following year, PFT was invited by the Gateway Theatre in Richmond to remount the production as a part of the Gateway’s Studio Series.

Cast & Company - Original Production

Andrew Smith - Antonio, a merchant
Andrew Vokey - Bassanio, his friend
Sarah Rodgers  - Portia, a wealthy heiress
Todd Thomson - Shylock, a moneylender
Bob Frazer - the Duke of Venice

Stephen Drover - Direction
Francesca Albertazzi - Set & Costume Design
John Popkin - Lighting Design
Adam Stokes - Stage Management
Bonnie Anderson - Assistant Stage Management

Remount (Gateway Theatre)

Andrew Smith - Antonio
Jonathan Watton - Bassanio
Sarah Rodgers - Portia
Todd Thomson - Shylock
Peter Wilson - Duke