I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?
Is The Merchant of Venice a racist comedy? Or a tragedy of racism? It contains one of the most powerful appeals to our common humanity in all of recorded history. But its story of a man stripped of his religion seems to be played for laughs. Is that a contradiction which can be resolved?
Depending on how you cut the script, The Merchant of Venice can be turned into a gritty drama of religious intolerance… or into a light-hearted romantic comedy. But the American Shakespeare Repertory faces some tough challenges as we look to tackle the script in its entirety — uncut and unapologetic.
Come see the play for what it really is on December 6th, 2010 at the People’s Center Theater.
Phil D. Henry – Shylock
Janine Hegarty – Portia
Ann Rice – Nerissa
Adelin Phelps – Jessica & Old Gobbo
Robert Sieg – Antonio
Cara Kluver – Salerio
Mike Rubke – Solanio
Neal Beckman – Bassanio
Nathan Tylutki – Lorenzo
Allen Voigt – Gratiano
Hannah Steblay – Launcelot Jobbe
Kelly Bancroft – Balthasar
Gabe Heller- Duke & Others
Reier Erickson – Prince of Morocco
Justin Alexander – Prince of Arragon
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