The Mattatuck Museum transports you to Venice for an exciting evening with Shakespeare on a Summer’s Night: A Reading of the Merchant of Venice on Thursday, August 9 at 5:30 p.m. Surrounded by etchings of Venice by artists including Ernest Roth, Shakespeare on a Summer’s Night is a unique theatre experience featuring a professional play reading of the Merchant of Venice. The event is directed by Ed Wierzbicki and performed by a company of actors gathered specifically for this event.

“Individuals may bring their own copy of the play and follow along,” says Museum Director Bob Burns. “While we can’t promise you that romantic gondola ride down the canals, you can bet there’ll be a wonderful vibe that results when literature, art and performance collaborate.” This program is in conjunction with the exhibition Reflections and Undercurrents: Ernest Roth and Printmaking in Venice, 1900-1940 on display until August 26, 2012. Organized by Eric Denker, Ph.D., senior lecturer at the Smithsonian’s National Gallery, this exhibit includes 95 works: etchings, preliminary drawings, etching plates, sketchbooks, and photographs.

Reflections and Undercurrents focuses on the art of Ernest David Roth (1879-1964), one of the most significant etchers of the first half of the twentieth century. This exhibition places the art and artist in the broader context of American and European etchers of the period. Admission to this program is $7 for members and $15 for non-members. The performance will be followed by a reception. Join the museum to immediately qualify for member benefits.

Please register in advance at or call (203) 753-0381, ext. 10. Visit or call (203) 753-0381 for more information on all of the museum’s adult and children’s programs, events and exhibits.

The Mattatuck Museum is a Blue Star Museum, which offers free admission to active duty personnel and their families through Labor Day. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a group of sixteen world-class museums and historic sites ( Located at 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Free parking is located behind the building on Park Place.