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Playing the Angles: Finding Shylock and Gratiano

Sorab Wadia    Actor, musician, writer



Written by one of the only members of Compagnia de Colombari who worked on Coonrod’s Merchant in all of its iterations, this chapter gives a jobbing actor’s account of the 2016 production from its pre-life to its afterlife. For Sorab Wadia, the most daunting challenge was to double Shylock, the dignified Venetian moneylender in the opening scene, with Gratiano, the spitting Jew-baiter of the rest of the play. He could not reconcile the two parts, but he found, in rehearsing and performing them, how they – and the play – needed each other. Being in this play, he thinks, is like finding yourself in a George Braque painting.

keywords: The Merchant of Venice. Shylock. Gratiano. Rehearsal. Actors on Shakespeare. Site specific performance. Performing Shakespeare. George Braque and Shakespeare.

Language: en

Published: June 10, 2021  
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-503-2/005

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