The Merchant of Venice Production

Shakespeare Forum


Published:

Theater originated as a community activity, as I was reminded at The Shakespeare Forum's The Merchant of Venice production. The Shakespeare Forum exists as an artistic base for actors, director, and Shakespeare enthusiasts to engage in The Bard's materials. They keep the ticket prices low to encourage community attendance. The Forum also engages a few New City Public School students within their program. The props are sparse, the set it minimal, and it's staged in an old church. It's raw, but so it theater's roots. In The Merchant of Venice  the direction by Sybille Bruun and Andrew Borthwick-Leslie engaged the audience in a way that  enhanced the community feel.

 

Standout performances by Joseph J. Menino as Shylock and Hannah Rose Goalstone as Portia, as well as delicious comedic timing of Sarah Hankins as Nerissa led the charge to create a fast-paced and moving Shakespeare production. Ivan Birchal,  the page and New York Public School student was according to his bio in the program "sooooo happy" to be in the show. His sparkling innocence spoke for the audience: He was having as much fun as we were. 

 

If you find yourself in New York City and have an inkling for Mr. S., look to the Shakespeare Forum at www.TheShakespeareForum.com and perhaps drop into one of their weekly workshops.  If you have a young one in your life: The Shakespeare Youth Forum is a year long program for kids aged 9-12 which culminates in their own production of a Shakespeare play.This group walks the walk -- theater and community are one for them. 

Edit ModuleEdit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

"Average American": A Drama of Sex, Politics and Social Media

Don't miss this new play by lesbian playwright Susan Miller.

The Original Rock Chick

The wild ways of legendary singer and lead guitarist June Millington.

Anne Steele: Singing Out Loud

Out & Proud

An Evening With Jen Foster

The singer’s intimate concert in Boston previewed her upcoming studio album, The White Room Sessions.

Add your comment: