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Compagnia de’ Colombari
Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice
Shakespeare Under the Stars
Internationally acclaimed new production, performed under open skies, sheds new light on Shakespeare’s tale of love, betrayal and law.
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“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).
Public Talk: Merchant Today
Mon, June 25, 5 pm, Top of the Hop, Free
Professor Susannah Heschel offers a primer on the Bard’s great dramedy and its relevance today.
The Hop will present Compagnia de’ Colombari’s acclaimed, outdoor production of The Merchant of Venice—one of Shakespeare’s most powerful yet most paradoxical plays—on Tuesday through Thursday, June 26 through 28, at 8 pm.
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1 & 2: photo by Andrea Messana; 3 & 4: photo by Marina Levitskaya