Antonio and Shylock Monsters
JULY 19 AT 7 PM
Antonio and Shylock: Monsters
Riveting performer Dikran Tulaine ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation") has extracted a one-hour version of one of Shakespeare's most controversial plays. Scholars throughout the centuries have fiercely debated Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" due to its anti-Semitic portrayal of the villainous Shylock and the ambiguous sexual preference of Antonio, who is willing to trade a pound of his own flesh to the money lender to save his friend Bassanio. As the deal for Antonio's flesh unfolds in "Antonio & Shylock: Monsters" and the trial ensues, the actors, working in the round, in and among the audience, zoom in on the drama's anti-Jewish bigotry , reinforcing the timeless relevancy of this centuries-old tale with crackling new urgency. Directed by Dikran Tulaine, this adaptation features Mr. Tulaine as Shylock, KC Weakley as Antonio, plus Liam Bobersky, TC Corwin, Cheryl King, and Annette Guarrasi as other dramatis personae. A brief wine reception with the cast is planned after the performance.
"The beautifully calibrated work of these actors generated such palpable heat that the audience broke into an emotional sweat right along with them. The intimacy of the staging was seductive, making all of us complicit in the unfolding of the cries and crimes at its' heart. The play was so focused and fearless and yet unforced, unspooling moment by moment with such tender and terrifying immediacy." Elizabeth Hess
excerpt from Yoni Weiss' review in TheBlot.com - "I was completely immersed in the production. Several actors were situated among the audience for virtually the entire one-hour performance, even making consistent eye contact, which was a refreshing change of pace from the usual stage setup. I felt like I was actually sitting in the courtroom of the trial that unfolds in the play."
Running time - 60 minutes.
All performances are at Stage Left Studio, 214 West 30th Street, 6th floor, NYC. Convenient to the A,C,E,B,D,F,N,R,1,2 and 3 lines.
Tickets $22 (includes $2 ticketing surcharge). Discount codes STUDENT and SENIOR get $5 off (ID required at box office)
$5 discounts available for seniors and students - discount codes are SENIOR and STUDENT. Show ID's at door.