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Meet the Actors: Paul Spera as Lorenzo


Paul Spera is a French-American actor based in Paris. He trained at Yale (BA program) and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique. He has been appearing onstage and onscreen, in English- and in French-speaking roles, professionally since 2010.

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Meet the Actors: LInda Powell as Portia


Linda Powell appeared on Broadway in Wilder, Wilder, Wilder, On Golden Pond, and The Trip to Bountiful. Her other Shakespeare roles include Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Titania and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Thaisa in Pericles.

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Meet the Actors: Ned Eisenberg as Shylock #5 / Tubal


“I’ve waited 17 years to work with Karin again, 25 years to visit Venice again, and 11 years have passed since I first became interested in playing Shylock. Clearly, the time has come for all these desires and events to merge together and I am absolutely delighted with the confluence.”

A member of the Ensemble Studio Theater and of the Naked Angels Theatre Company (of which he is also co-founder), Ned Eisenberg has appeared in several Broadway productions

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Meet the Actors: Reg Cathey as Antonio


“Magic has lost its place in our modern world. We have Hogwarts, of course, for the young and young at heart, but no one really believes in Magic…….”  Emmy Award winner Reg E. Cathey, proud member of Colombari Theatre Company, will be the Merchant of Venice himself, Antonio.
Reg has appeared in, among others, The Tempest, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and The Second Shepherds’ Play. Over the years he has also appeared in Timon of Athens, Hamlet, Macbeth, and The Taming of the Shrew at the New York Shakespeare Festival

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David Scott Kastan on the Merchant


 

David Scott Kastan, George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University and internationally renowned Shakespeare and Renaissance scholar, has played a key role in the Merchant in Venice project. It was his idea that Colombari company, with its international outlook and its Italian experience, would be the perfect fit for such an ambitious task. This is what he has told us:

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Meet the Director: KARIN COONROD


KARIN COONROD is a theater artist whose work has been seen and heard across the U.S. and around the world. Hailed by The New York Times as “prodigiously inventive” and “galvanic” and by The New York Observer for “clear-eyed imaginative intelligence,” Coonrod’s most recent works include her own play, texts&beheadings/ElizabethR, at the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC and at BAM/Next Wave Festival (2015), Shakespeare’s Tempest at La MaMa Theatre in New York City (2014);

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A Gathering of Strangers / The Merchant in Venice


To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and 500th anniversary of the establishment of the Venitian Ghetto leading scholars of ‘The Merchant of Venice’, Compagnia de’ Colombari and Ca’Foscari University of Venice will show us the play from a completely new perspective.

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Spend the summer with Shakespeare in Venice


Would you like to experience the show as part of a full-immersion experience in the world of Shakespeare’s Venice, under the guidance of the leading scholars in the field?
The Merchant in Venice was elaborated during the Shylock Project, an intensive summer school held in at Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice in June-July 2015. There the leading world Shakespeare scholars interacted with the Colombari Company to offer a shining program of seminars, lectures and a first performance of selected scenes from the play. The participating students were a key component of this experience.

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The Ghetto of Venice marks its Quincentennial


The performance of The Merchant in Venice is going to be one of the events officially recognized as part of the Quincentennial of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, established on the 29th March 1516. To honour the historical anniversary,  to foster the Jewish heritage of the site and guarantee its future as a key religious, cultural and artistic site open to people worldwide, the Jewish Community of Venice and the Municipality of Venice have formed a Committee

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Shylock’s Ghost: a BBC Documentary


The early stages of study and preparation of our production are featured in the documentary Shylock’s Ghost, part of the BBC Imagine series. In this episode (first aired last October), Alan Yentob travels to the ghetto in Venice with Booker-prize novelist Howard Jacobson, who is rewriting The Merchant of Venice in novel form as part of The Hogarth Shakespeare project that sees Shakespeare’s works retold by acclaimed and bestselling novelists of today.

News: Meet the Actors: Paul Spera as Lorenzo

The Show

In 2016 the stars will align. It is the year of an extraordinary intersection, the 500th anniversary of the formation of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice and the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. To commemorate these historic anniversaries, Compagnia de’ Colombari and Ca’Foscari University of Venice join forces to provide a major event of world theater: an imaginative, ambitious production of The Merchant of Venice to be performed for the first time in the still-extant (and newly revitalized) Jewish Ghetto on 26-31 July 2016. A performance in English and multiple languages directed by Karin Coonrod with an international cast will bring The Merchant to life in a way almost impossible anywhere else, investigating its poignant and painful exploration of love and hate, avarice and mercy, and, above all, what it means to be human. The event is part of the official program of the Ghetto Quincentennial.

Six performances:
Tuesday July 26, 2016 at dusk
Wednesday July 27, 2016 at dusk
Thursday July 28, 2016 at dusk
Friday July 29, 2016 at 5pm
Sunday July 31, 2016 at dusk
Monday August 1, 2016 at dusk

The Ghetto

Venice is famous for its beauty and history that have long been the source of legend and inspiration. Less known is the fact that for centuries, Venice was also a focal point of Jewish life and culture. The Ghetto, founded in 1516 as a place of segregation, became an important crossroads of various Jewish communities and a place for dialogue between Jews and non- Jews, the model for all subsequent ghettos, beginning with the name itself which derives from the Venetian geto (foundry). Today tens of thousands of people visit the Ghetto every year: they tour its synagogues and museum, gaze in wonder at the tall tenements and remnants of its famous ‘banks’, they read the memorial plaques dedicated to the Holocaust. The small but vibrant Jewish population treasures its own traditions and participates in the civic and cultural life of Venice. However the key stories and intellectual achievements of the Ghetto remain hidden and unexplored and the Ghetto still remains the most misunderstood and misrepresented monument of Venice. The approaching 500th anniversary of the founding of the Ghetto in 1516 is a unique opportunity to open a new phase in the history of this site and to highlight its global relevance, through a modern approach to its heritage. At a time of political uncertainty in Europe, the Ghetto has precious ethical and cultural lessons to educate the public about the Jews, about human rights, cross-cultural and interfaith dialogue.

Join

DUKE OF VENICE LEAD SPONSOR| $ 50,000

  • 12 VIP House Seats for Opening Night
  • 12 VIP Backstage Passes to meet the cast
  • Invitation for 12 to Opening Night Prosecco Party
  • 12 Tickets for private guided tour of Venice Jewish Museum and Renaissance Synagogues
  • 12 Tickets for the exhibition “Venice, the Jews, and Europe. 1516-2016” at Palazzo Ducale
  • 12 Tickets for a guided tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection
  • 12 Seats at U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s mock-trial of Antonio vs Shylock
  • Invitation for 12 people to a private tour of Palazzo Mocenigo – Museum of Textiles, Costumes and Perfume.
  • Invitation for 12 people to exclusive dinner party at Venetian palazzo
  • Exclusive Shakespeare in Venice walking tour for party of 12 people
  • Recognition as lead sponsor on all event materials

Charitable contribution: $ 47,000

If you are interested in sponsoring at this level, please fill out the information and we will contact you promptly.

SHYLOCK SPONSOR | $25,000

  • 8 VIP House Seats for Opening Night
  • 8 VIP Backstage Passes to meet the cast
  • Invitation for 8 to Opening Night Prosecco Party
  • 8 Tickets for private guided tour of Venice Jewish Museum and Renaissance Synagogues
  • 8 Tickets for the exhibition “Venice, the Jews, and Europe. 1516-2016” at Palazzo Ducale
  • 8 Tickets for a guided tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection
  • 8 Seats at U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s mock-trial of Antonio vs Shylock
  • Invitation for 8 people to a private tour of Palazzo Mocenigo – Museum of Textiles, Costumes and Perfume
  • Invitation for 8 people to exclusive dinner party at Venetian palazzo
  • Exclusive Shakespeare in Venice walking tour for party of 8 people
  • Recognition as sponsor on all event materials

Charitable contribution: $ 22,000

If you are interested in sponsoring at this level, please fill out the information and we will contact you promptly.

ANTONIO ANGEL | $10,000

• 6 VIP House Seats for Opening Night

• 6 VIP Backstage Passes to meet the cast

• Invitation for 6 to Opening Night Prosecco Party

• 6 Tickets for private guided tour of Venice Jewish Museum and Renaissance Synagogues

• 6 Tickets for the exhibition “Venice, the Jews, and Europe. 1516-2016” at Palazzo Ducale

• 6 Tickets for a guided tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

• 4 Seats at U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s mock-trial of Antonio vs Shylock

• Invitation for 6 people to a private tour of Palazzo Mocenigo – Museum of Textiles, Costumes and Perfume

• Invitation for 4 people to exclusive lunch party at Venetian palazzo

• Recognition as patron on all event materials

Charitable contribution: $ 9,500

If you are interested in sponsoring at this level, please fill out the information and we will contact you promptly.

PORTIA PATRON | $5,000

• 6 VIP House Seats for Opening Night

• 6 VIP Backstage Passes to meet the cast

• Invitation for 6 to Opening Night Prosecco Party

• 6 Tickets for guided tour of Venice Jewish Museum and Renaissance Synagogues

• 6 Tickets for the exhibition “Venice, the Jews, and Europe. 1516-2016” at Palazzo Ducale

• 6 Tickets for a private guided tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

• 2 Seats at U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s mock-trial of Antonio vs Shylock

• Invitation for 6 people to a private tour of Palazzo Mocenigo – Museum of Textiles, Costumes and Perfume

• Recognition as patron on all event materials

Charitable contribution: $ 4,600

If you are interested in sponsoring at this level, please fill out the information and we will contact you promptly.

SALARINO SUPPORTER | $2,500

• 4 VIP House Seats for the Show (2nd to 5th Night)

• 4 VIP Backstage Passes to meet the cast

• Invitation for 4 to Prosecco Party

• 4 Tickets for guided tour of Venice Jewish Museum and Renaissance Synagogues

• 4 Tickets for the exhibition “Venice, the Jews, and Europe. 1516-2016” at Palazzo Ducale

• 4 Tickets for a private guided tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

• 1 Seat at U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s mock-trial of Antonio vs Shylock

• Recognition as supporter on all event materials

Charitable contribution: $ 2,200

If you are interested in sponsoring at this level, please fill out the information and we will contact you promptly.

BASSANIO BENEFACTOR | $1,000

• 2 VIP House Seats for the Show (2nd to 5th Night)

• 2 VIP Backstage Passes to meet the cast

• Invitation for 2 to Prosecco Party

• 2 Tickets for guided tour of Venice Jewish Museum and Renaissance Synagogues

• 2 Tickets for the exhibition “Venice, the Jews, and Europe. 1516-2016” at Palazzo Ducale

• Acknowledgment on event program

Charitable contribution: $ 800

If you are interested in sponsoring at this level, please fill out the information and we will contact you promptly.

Supporter House seat (opening night)
€ 500
($550)
Supporter House Seat (2nd to 5th night)
€ 100
($110)

Regular House Seat (2nd to 5th night)
€ 50
($55)
Student Seat (2nd to 5th night)
€ 20
($22)

Help us make history happen.

1) Become a Sponsor

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Donations and sponsorships in Euros are made to Università Ca’Foscari Venezia. Write us or call +39 3343711427

Donations and sponsorships in USD are made to Compagnia de’ Colombari and are tax-deductible for US income tax purposes.

Send a check to Compagnia de’ Colombari, PO Box 17, Village Station, New York, NY 10014 or Donate with Paypal by clicking below.

 

Donations and sponsorships in USD are made to Compagnia de’ Colombari and are tax-deductible for US income tax purposes. Donations and sponsorships in Euros are made to Università Ca’Foscari Venezia. Write us or call +39 3343711427

Other Events

An extraordinary event will accompany the performance of the play in the Ghetto. The main characters of the play will be at the center of a mock trial held on the 27th of July and presided by Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Shylock, Antonio, Portia will be represented by famous international lawyers. The legal implications of a famously controversial play will be unfolded in a ‘show within a show’ offered to the Merchant in Venice supporters.

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