About this performance
Four Shows | Polsky Theatre
7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26
8 p.m. Friday, March 27
8 p.m. Saturday, March 28
2 p.m. Sunday, March 29
Presented by Jewish Community Center/White Theatre and JCCC Performing Arts Series. Produced by Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Directed by Sidonie Garrett. This will be the first play produced indoors by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.
At Jewish Community Center, White Theatre, March 19, 21 and 22.
Passionate discourse on justice and mercy
The Jewish moneylender Shylock makes a loan to Antonio. Their loan contract, steeped in prejudice and centered on a “pound of flesh,” sweeps the two men and everyone in their worlds into chaos. Only the insightful Portia can imagine a way forward, but for her and those she loves, even “the quality of mercy” has its limits.
The production will offer a postshow TALKBACK with the director and actors to provide a forum for discussion and an opportunity for dialogue about the issues raised in the play. Players will also address questions specific to the production and history of Shakespeare, and provide information about the text.
Merchant of Venice
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
March 26 | 9:45 a.m. | grades 6 and up
The prejudices of the 16th century are ever present, but the stereotypes are frequently deepened. And thus, it is with The Merchant of Venice, which features Shylock, the usurious Jewish moneylender, as its villain.
Shakespeare gives Shylock a rounded character that helps transcend the stereotype of the money-grubbing man seeking revenge. We invite you to journey with us to discover the high qualities of this production presented by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.
For more information, email Angel Mercier, Arts Education program director, or call her at 913-469-8500, ext. 4221.