Merchant on Venice
September 15 - November 08, 2007
A World Premiere
Written by Shishir Kurup
Directed by Stuart Carden
Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington St., Chicago
In Shishir Kurup’s Merchant on Venice, Venice, Italy intersects with L.A.’s Venice Boulevard in a wickedly funny, wildly inventive and politically provocative re-imagining of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
Written in iambic pentameter and vividly colored by Indian, American and Latino pop references, playwright Kurup transforms Shakespeare’s original by injecting the story with Bollywood musical numbers, L.A. Punk, Hindu-Muslim tensions, and a distinctly American landscape.