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Playing the Angles: Finding Shylock and Gratiano

Sorab Wadia    Actor, musician, writer

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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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