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Tragicomedy • Classical Setting • Disguise
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The Merchant of Venice
By William Shakespeare
Translation by Elise Thoron
An updated version of The Merchant of Venice that speaks to our contemporary reckoning with racism and injustice.
Elise Thoron’s translation of Shakespeare’s searing The Merchant of Venice cuts straight to the heart of today’s fraught issues of social justice and systemic racism. Thoron’s clear, compelling contemporary verse translation retains the power of the original iambic pentameter while allowing readers and audiences to fully comprehend and directly experience the brutal dilemmas of Shakespeare’s Venice, where prejudice and privilege reign unchallenged. As the author of three acclaimed music-theater works on the Jewish experience and informed by her work directing cross-cultural projects in locations as different as Russia, Japan, Cuba, and New York City, Thoron brings to her Merchant an immediacy that speaks directly to the present reckoning with race in America.
Jan 17, 2017
Workshop with full cast in NYC.
June 5, 2019
Play On! Festival NYC
Rehearsal and Staged Reading directed by Estefania Fadul with full cast as part of the Play On! Translation Festival in NYC.
Play On! / Classic Stage / Oregon Shakespeare Festival