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Through rich language, complex characters, and the unique power of live theater to make it all real, Shakespeare’s plays challenge audiences to confront and dismantle the mental barriers to understanding that too often divide us. Distinguished Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt, along with philosopher and Public Theater Board Member Kwame Anthony Appiah, will discuss the challenges of living in a multiethnic, multifaith society, in Shakespeare’s time and our own through the lens of two of his most controversial and exacting plays, Othello and The Merchant of Venice. What happens when an outsider attains a position of power and influence on the inside? When society must wrestle with what it means to take seriously the cosmopolitan and Christian values of equality and mercy? Their conversation will be moderated by Public Shakespeare Initiative Director Michael Sexton, with selected readings from the plays performed by Mark Nelson, Peter Francis James, and Merritt Janson.
Click here to read a synopsis of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE.
Click here to read a synopsis of OTHELLO.
Public Shakespeare Presents: THE OUTSIDERS WITHIN: SHYLOCK, OTHELLO, AND SHAKESPEARE'S STRANGERSThursday, March 8 at 7pmWith Kwame Anthony Appiah, Stephen Greenblatt, Peter Francis James, Merritt Janson, Mark Nelson, and Michael Sexton.
Season support provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.
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