Members can access tickets to this event on January 25 at 2PM. 

Full price tickets can be accessed on January 27 at 2PM. 

Public Shakespeare Presents:
THE OUTSIDERS WITHIN: SHYLOCK, OTHELLO, AND SHAKESPEARE’S STRANGERS

Anspacher Theater

Thursday, March 8 at 7pm

Member pricing is $20
Full pricing is $35

Members can access tickets to this event on January 25 at 2PM. 

Full price tickets can be accessed on January 27 at 2PM. 

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 and Peter Francis James

Click here to read a synopsis of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE.

Click here to read a synopsis of OTHELLO. 

Below, explore the ideas we’ll be talking about at the event through articles, interviews, and video:

“Shakespeare’s Cure for Xenophobia”

“Shakespeare’s Cure for Xenophobia”

Talk of the Nation Interview

Talk of the Nation Interview

“Strangers in the City”

“Strangers in the City”

“What it’s like to be Muslim in America”

“What it’s like to be Muslim in America”

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Public Shakespeare Presents: THE OUTSIDERS WITHIN: SHYLOCK, OTHELLO, AND SHAKESPEARE'S STRANGERS
Thursday, March 8 at 7pm

With Kwame Anthony AppiahStephen Greenblatt, Peter Francis JamesMark Nelson, and Michael Sexton.