Compagnia de’ Colombari: Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”
Ended June 27

“Addresses the ever-knotty problem of Shylock … by filling the role with not one, but five, performers of varying ages, genders, nationalities and ethnicities.” New York Times

Centering on a Jewish moneylender in Renaissance Venice, Merchant presents challenges for modern audiences. Bawdy humor and romantic hijinks coexist with difficult issues of intolerance, justice and mercy. Created for the 500th anniversary of the founding of the Venice ghetto in which the play is set, this production employs inventive casting and staging—and live music by the Klezmatics’ Frank London—to powerfully engage our sympathies in complex characters and questions of civility and decency. Directed by Karin Coonrod, “an artist of farreaching inventiveness” (New York Times).

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