This morning on KSEE Sunrise we talked with Jaguar Bennett, who plays Shylock in the Woodward Shakespeare Festival's Merchant of Venice. The play runs through July 24 at Woodward Park's new Meadow Theatre.
Examining the nature of tolerance and ostracism, Shakespeare also plays with the nature of comedy and drama in this notorious -- and fearless-- issues play.
"All that glisters is not gold. . . "
In a time where there glossy weekly media have far greater readership than the newsmagazines and where racism still occurs daily in the must subtle of ways, “The Merchant of Venice” forces us to confront our bigotries, hypocrisies, and obsession with status.
In this production High Finance meets High Fashion . The world of the Christians is that of venture capitalism, socialites, hedge funds, entourages, and the youngest, most beautiful celebrities. Youth, power, fast money, popularity and looks are what carry weight in this world. Anyone not possessing such currency is left harshly on the outside of a glitteringly shallow- yet alluringly powerful- world.
Director Heather Parish is the Artistic Director of the Woodward Shakespeare Festival and directed last season's Richard III.
The Merchant of Venice- June 24 - July 24
King Lear - August 12 - September 11
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m.
The Meadow Theatre in the North East 12 Acres, inside the Friant/Fort Washington Entrance.
Each show is FREE for everyone to come and enjoy. Bring a dinner or buy a snack at the park. It's Shakespeare under the stars - A great experience for the entire family!
Reserved seats are available for $10 by clicking here. Why get a reserved seat? Reserved seats guarantee you a place to sit in the best location in the house - front and center.
(Gates Open at 7 p.m. Chairs fill up early, come before 7:30 p.m. to get one, bring your own or reserve a seat.)