A Modern Merchant

VENUE CHANGE TO Spaulding Auditorium for Wednesday and Thursday. See comment below and check with the Hopkins Center website. 

The Hopkins Center is ready to SHIFT and would like you to join in. It's summer and the Hop is staging a week's worth of free and ticketed events to celebrate.

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Compagnia de' Colombari's outdoor production of The Merchant of Venice is scheduled for the Bema, Dartmouth's en plein air amphitheater on Tuesday through Thursday, June 26 through 28 at 8 pm. Live music composed by Klezmatics founder Frank London, performed by an onstage sextet. Actors from television's One Mississippi and Mozart in the Jungle. Tickets are on sale at the Hop box office at https://hop.dartmouth.edu or by phone at 603.646.2422.

Internationally-acclaimed director Karin Coonrod was charged with reimagining a production of Merchant  to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Venice's historic Jewish ghetto.  Modern audiences continue to question the anti-Semitism of Shakespeare's portrayal of the character, Shylock. This production aims to present Shylock as more multi-dimensional; to that end, he is played by 5 different actors of different ethnicities, ages and genders. Dartmouth professors Susannah Heschel (Jewish studies) and Patricia McKee (English), who teach the play as part of their summer course, Jews in Modern Europe, will give a free talk on Monday, June 25 at 5 pm at the Top of the Hop. 

The play premiered on the streets of the Jewish ghetto in Venice, Italy in 2016. The US premiere was in Montclair NJ. The Hopkins Center is one of only two New England locations for the show. For more information about this play and about other upcoming offerings during SHIFT, see the Center’s website. (Link above) 

(Photo, top, by Andrea Messana. Second photo by Marina Levitskaya)


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