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Folger ENCORES: "District Merchants"—A variation on "The Merchant of Venice"
Theatre presents District Merchants
Today, we are
revisiting the Folger Theatre production of District
Merchants. The play, a variation of Shakespeare’s The
Merchant of Venice, was a Folger Theatre world premiere by Aaron
Posner, directed by Michael John Garcés.
District Merchants is set among the Black and Jewish populations of
an imagined time and place that is simultaneously the post-Civil
War period of Washington D.C.; the early modern period of Venice as
depicted by Shakespeare; and contemporary times.
Stoller, who plays Jessica, joins us to introduce this
evocative ENCORES selection.
We hope you enjoy
this and other ENCORES to come. Keep an eye on your inbox as we
continue to share our favorite moments from the Folger stage.
Wise On stage at
Theater J through April 10
Folger Theatre, in association with Theater J, is presenting Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, and adapted by Michael Bloom. This funny and
timely 18th-century Shakespeare-styled play is "highly
satisfying, well-acted, and tightly directed" (DC Metro Theater
Read an interview
with Michael Bloom in The Washington
Post, where he describes Shakespeare as "Lessing’s
favorite writer...he used a lot of the Bard’s tropes: a five-act
structure, mix-ups at birth, comic relief." Watch cast members
of Nathan the Wise and Director Adam Immerwahr speak
about the play.
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