Monday, July 25, 2016

Ezra Barnes directing The Merchant of Venice: free outdoor performance in Manhattan

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The Merchant of Venice, directed by Ezra Barnes with (left to right) Jane Bradley, David Marantz and James Davies (photo by Jonathan Slaff)
Please join us for the Shakespeare in the Parking Lot production of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, July 28-August 13. I am proud to be the director of the show.
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot is perhaps the second most iconic setting for summer Shakespeare in New York. No frills production values strip the plays to their essence, confirming William Shakespeare's enduring relevance. The parking lot serves as a reminder of the city we are in with all its variable dynamics.
In this setting, we explore one of Shakespeare's most complex plays. Shakespeare's Venice is a city where survival is paramount, the distinction is sharply drawn between residents and "aliens," and the right to justice is not a given. The conflict between Shylock and Antonio, in which Portia becomes ensnared, is at the core of Shakespeare's portrait of flawed individuals torn by conflicting desires for revenge and mercy.
The Drilling Company, led by Hamilton Clancy, presents Shakespeare in the Parking Lot every summer, and the artists, onstage and off, are enterprising, resourceful and creative. You will have a memorable evening at the theater!
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photo by Andrew Brucker
▪ The Parking Lot is located at 114 Norfolk Street, between Rivington and Delancey Streets.
▪ Shows are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM and admission is FREE.
▪ Seats are available on a first come first served basis, with audience members often arriving early to secure a place. You are welcome to bring your own chair. Once seats are gone, blankets are spread out.
▪ We've never turned anyone away and there's never a wait for tickets.
▪ Subways: F to Delancey Street, M to Essex Street.

I hope to see you at THE MERCHANT OF VENICE.

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