The American Sephardi Federation published this essay about THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, following David Serero's recent performances as Shylock. The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s classic play on love, commerce, and bigotry, has been the subject of a great, enduring controversy concerning its depiction of Shylock, “…the Jew/ That Shakespeare drew (Alexander Pope?, 1741).” Over the course of four centuries, different readings and productions of the play have ranged from accentu
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare
Starring DAVID SERERO as Shylock
in a Sephardi style...
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare will be presented in a Sephardi style featuring songs of the era. Following its success in June 2015, this production is returning on the stage of the Center for Jewish History for 4 more performances:
Janurary 13th (3pm), 17th (7pm), 19th (8pm) and 21st (3pm).
Tickets: asfmerchant2016.bpt.me or 1 800 838 3006
David Serero smiles when he describes his new role as Shylock in a musical Merchant of Venice that premiered in New York last week.
“There are many ways to play Shylock,” he says.
“The last person to play Shylock in New York was Al Pacino, but all the biggest Jewish actors, like Jacob Adler, played Shylock as a villain. Shylock is the bad guy. Even today, in the finance world, when we call someone a ‘shylock,’ we mean he’s a bad guy who will kill for money.
“The way I d