The Merchant in Venice: Shakespeare in the Ghetto
This book records the landmark performance of The Merchant of Venice in the Venetian Ghetto in 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the 500th anniversary of the Jewish quarter that gave the world the word ‘ghetto’. Practitioners and critics discuss how this multi-ethnic production and its radical choice to cast five actors as Shylock provided the opportunity to respond creatively to Europe’s legacy of antisemitism, racism and difference. They observe how the place and play stand as ambivalent documents of civilization: instruments of intolerance but also sites of cultural exchange.
Keywords: Murray Abraham. F. Adrian Beecham. Mercy. History. Chromaticism. Ciro Pinsuti. Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Shylock. Charles and Mary Lamb. Adaptation. Music. Holocaust. Antonio. Lorenzo. The Merchant of Venice. Josef B. Laurence Olivier. Antisemitism. The quality of mercy. Compagnia de’ Colombari. Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Opera. Music design. Humanities. Lancelot Gobbo. The Merchant of Venice in the Ghetto. Children reading Shakespeare. Directing Shakespeare. Memory. Costume design. Reynaldo Hahn. Mock Appeal: Shylock v. Aestheticism. Adapting Shakespeare. Karin Coonrod. Actors on Shakespeare. Jessica. Shakespeare’s trial scenes. Narrativization. Children’s literature. Gratiano. Aldo Finzi. Site-specific design. Shakespeare’s comedies of love. Otto Taubmann. Mock Trial: Shylock v. Fiction. Performing Shakespeare. Ghetto. Lighting design. Theatre design. Site specific performance. Site-specific Shakespeare. Jews. Lewis Carroll. George Braque and Shakespeare. Designing Shakespeare. Bassanio. Heritage. Foerster. Portia. Rehearsal. Venice. Site-specific performance. Translation.
Language: enISBN (print): 978-88-6969-504-9 ISBN (ebook): 978-88-6969-503-2