Merchant on Venice

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May 10-19, 2019

By Shishir Kurup

Directed by Sabrina Peck

New York Premiere

Merchant on Venice is a witty, sharp and ambitious work based on Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice offering biting humor and a fresh perspective on intra-communal hostilities. 

Kurup has set his story in Culver City, Calif., where hatred and intolerence among Hindus and Muslims have grown to a boiling point leavened by humor. 

With music, modern verse written in present-day South Asian/American pop lingo, blank verse and present-day pop references, the play explores how the preponderance of power in one sector of a community can marginalize a minority and provoke reactionary and retributive responses. 


Tickets: $42

Seniors: $40

Members: $35

Rear Seating: $25

Front Sides: $20

Student Rush: $20


Friday, May 10 at 8pm

Saturday, May 11 at 2pm & 8pm

Sunday, May 12 at 3pm

Wednesday, May 15 at 2pm*

Friday, May 17 at 8pm

Saturday, May 18 at 2pm* 

Saturday, May 18 at 8pm ASL Interpretation

Sunday, May 19 at 3pm Audio description


*Audience talkback will follow performance.