Compagnia De’Colombari Launches Merchant of Venice in Venice, Italy

The Shakespearean Weeklong Run Commemorates 500th
Anniversary of Venice’s Jewish Ghetto

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Compagnia De’Colombari (
the critically acclaimed international collective of performing artists,
generating theater in surprising places with Ca’Foscari
University of Venice
launches The
Merchant of Venice in Venice
, Italy: (
Shylock returns to Venice’s Jewish Ghetto in the first ever production
of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice where it was originally conceived,
in English, with an international award-winning cast, runs July 26-31,
2016. JOIN

“It is a theatrical privilege to create the mise-en-scène of
Merchant of Venice
, in the heart of the Jewish Ghetto–we are
forcing the dramatic confrontation between play-place-time and-other,”
states Director
and Founder Karin Coonrod

The weeklong run is a centerpiece of The 500th
Anniversary of Venice’s Jewish Ghetto
. The open-air performance
on Campo
di Ghetto Nuovo
also commemorates the 400th Anniversary
of Shakespeare’s death. The play begins at twilight and
ends-in-the-dark-of-night. An international company of 25 award-winning
performers includes Emmy-Winner Reg
, Drama-Desk Winner Ned
, with music composed by Grammy-winner Frank
. See
entire cast here.

“I was astounded by the way in which these actors are able to
Shakespeare’s words written 400 years ago into
theatrical experiences that enchant, inspire, challenge and still speaks
to us today,”
states Shakespeare
Scholar, Yale University Professor David Scott Kastan

Accompanying the Venice performances is a mock trail with the play’s
main actors and Supreme
Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
, offered to Merchant
in Venice supporters

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About Compagnia De’Colombari

An international collective of performing artists, born in Orvieto,
Italy, based in NYC, dedicated to new/old works from diverse
traditions/cultures. Generating theater for the new century, the
Colombari believe every place is a space for the sacred architecture of
theater experience, igniting performer and audience. A tax-exempt
501(c)(3) organization–contributions are tax-deductible


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