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Tweet Share Peak Performances will kick off its season-which consists entirely of works by women-with a visionary production of The Merchant of Venice from director Karin Coonrod and her Compagnia de' Colombari.
This American Premiere of the production follows a run in the still-extant Jewish Ghetto in Venice, Italy, last year, which marked the th anniversary of the ghetto's founding and the th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
With the play's themes of insiders and outsiders, love and hate, justice and mercy and, above all, what it means to be human-and Coonrod's casting of five Shylocks of varying race, ethnicity and gender-this Merchant of Venice is as timely as ever.
Coonrod embraces this task, with interventions into the tone, structure and staging; pointing out the motherly relationship of single father Shylock to Jessica; emphasizing the hypocrisy of Portia's appeal to mercy; zooming in on the losses that abound in this play.
In the world of the play, where money and celebrity are valued above all, Shylock's character continues to expose the hypocrisy of the dominant culture.
Coonrad's splitting of this role serves to unveil the complexity of Shylock's character in a way that does not ignore his Jewishness, but rather unlocks the universal humanity of his being, and reveals the injustice of a controlling system. The cast alsoincludes Reginald E. As a court room drama, The Merchant of Venice hinges on this concept of justice: Will the court lean towards Shylock's plea for humanity or Portia's argument for mercy?
While Portia's judicial knowledge rings true, her manipulative appropriation of mercy as a Christian virtue neglects its place as a fundamental principle within Judaism. Coonrad sympathizes with Shylock's bearing witness to this and his powerlessness as an ostracized member of society, Yet for Coonrad, "the play seems to dig deeper into the heart of mankind beneath these two uncompromising poles of justice and mercy; Shakespeare turns us to the mirror and opens the soul of our humanity.
For any director the challenge is to tear the play out of the unexpected, to revive its beating heart, to uncover what we must know now In the world of the play, a mercy never expressed for the Jew in the street is conveniently required of the Jew in the court.
In both cases, Coonrod found that "the attention shown to the performance of the play demonstrated that Merchant Critics are welcome as of September 22 for an official opening on September Running time is approximately two hours, with no intermission.
An invitation-only Roundtable Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a select panel of Shakespeare scholars will take place on September 23 at 4pm.
On September 24 at 1: On September 26, at 6: Coonrod will also share reflections and responses in a Community Conversation that is free and open to the public, in the Alexander Kasser Theater following the September 30 performance.
Karin Coonrod Director is a theater artist whose work has been seen and heard across the U. She is also founding director of Compagnia de' Colombari and is currently on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama.
Based in New York City, Compagnia de' Colombari was born in in Orvieto, Italy, where the company re-imagined the medieval mystery plays and performed them in the streets and piazzas of Orvieto. Having revitalized the tradition of theater during Orvieto's Corpus Christi Festival each spring, the company launched a parallel theatrical tradition in New York, Strangers and Other Angels.
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