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The Merchant of Venice - 2012 - Off-Broadway

$51.25

Theater Breaking Through Barriers' take on Shakespeare's classic THE MERCHANT OF VENICE will be performed in one hour and forty minutes with no intermission, with seven actors, including five with disabilities. A comedy about 4 contracts and 4 outcasts, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE follows a Christian merchant and his relationship with a Jewish moneylender. The contracts deal with flesh, rings, caskets, and livery; and the play asks how you respond to a broken deal: with justice or mercy.



Artistic Director Ike Schambelan states, "'Merchant' is usually seen as a play dealing with anti-Semitism. We think it's about otherness in general since in addition to a Jew, it has a Muslim, a Hispanic, and a blind man — the blind scene is almost always cut." All four of the "others" will be played by one actor, Nicholas Viselli, showing the parallels of prejudice based on race, religion, and disability in a multicultural society that's an international trading center. Be it Venice in 1600 or NYC now, it's a place where cultures clash and conflicts ensue.





Schedule

Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes (no intermission)

Clurman Theater

(New York, NY)
410 West 42nd Street
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by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2012
Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB), the Off-Broadway company known for its productions that integrate able-bodied actors with artists with disabilities, presents William Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) through tonight, May 13. Ike Schambelan, TBTB artistic director and founder, directs.
by BWW News Desk - April 13, 2012
Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB), the Off-Broadway company known for its productions that integrate able-bodied actors with artists with disabilities, presents William Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre (410 West 42nd Street), with previews set to begin Saturday, April 14, prior to an official press opening April 22. Ike Schambelan, TBTB artistic director and founder, directs.
by BWW News Desk - March 6, 2012
Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB), the Off-Broadway company known for its productions that integrate able-bodied actors with artists with disabilities, presents William Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre (410 West 42nd Street), with previews set to begin April 14, prior to an official press opening April 22. Ike Schambelan, TBTB artistic director and founder, directs.