“The Merchant of Venice” currently running at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan will not please Shakespearean purists. But it should please everyone else. Long viewed as the archetype of antisemitic literature, this “Merchant” reflects the sensibilities of the American Sephardi Federation, under whose auspices it is being presented. In this production, the Jewish characters are Sephardic Jews. When they sing, it is either in the Hebrew of the Siddur or the Ladino of
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
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
William Shakespeare's classic THE MERCHANT OF VENICE will be performed in New York on June 10th at 3pm (Preview), 14th at 7pm (Opening), 22nd and 24th at 8pm 2015. International baritone and actor DAVID SERERO will play the lead role of SHYLOCK. Located at the Center Jewish of History, the A.S.F promotes Jewish Sephardi culture. This Merchant of Venice production will adapted into a sephardi style featuring Jewish ladino music of the era. It's a world premiere adaptation. Whe