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New Jewish Theatre: District Merchants (various times)
January 24, 2019 - February 10, 2019
By Aaron Posner
January 24 – February 10, 2019
A Variation on Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. Love and litigation, deep passions, and predatory lending are taken to a new level in this uneasy comedy, which wades fearlessly into the endless complexities and contradictions of life in America. Set among the Black and Jewish populations of an imagined time and place—simultaneously Shakespearean, post-Civil War Washington, DC, and today, a remarkable tale of money, merchandise, and mercy. It explores race, religion, power and money in America that feels all too contemporary.
Directed by Jacqueline Thompson
Shylock – Gary Wayne Barker*
Antoine – J Samuel Davis*
Portia – Courtney Bailey Parker
Jessica – Alicen Moser
Nessa – Erika Flowers
Lancelot – Karl Hawkins
Lorenzo – TBD
Benjamin – TBD
*This Sunday’s performances are at 2pm & 7:30pm