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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: 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: Stefano Scherini as Antonio


Stefano Scherini has been working as professional actor since 1994. He studied theatre with Luca Ronconi, Marisa Fabbri, Nikolaj Karpov and Marnadou Dioume, as well as singing and puppeteering. Stage credits include collaborations with major Italian theatres and artists.

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Actor Stefano Scherini to take over the role of Antonio


Originally played bt American actor Reg E Cathey, known for his roles on House of Cards, The Wire and Fantastic Four, the role of Antonio will now be played by Italian actor Stefano Scherini.
“With so much going on in the world, I was looking forward to performing in The Merchant in Venice with my beloved company Compagnia de’ Colombari as it explores the experience of ‘the other” in society and the conflicts we face as citizens of the world. With the unexpected scheduling changes of my commitments back home I am heartbroken not to be apart of that exploration. Fortunately they’ve got a brilliant actor in Stefano whose energy and spirit will make an exciting Antonio.”

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Meet the Actors: Andrea Brugnera as Gobbo / Shylock #4


Andrea Brugnera is an Italian actor, author, teacher and storyteller. He first approached theatre by attending the Scuola del Teatro a “l’Avogaria”  directed by Giovanni Poli, in Venice. Afterwards, he collaborated with several theatre companies, directors and cultural associations, in Italy, Europe and overseas. Andrea, who lives in the charming town of Orvieto in Umbria, was artistic director for the Teatro Boni of the nearby town of Acquapendente for several years.

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Meet the actors: Enrico Zagni as Salanio


Born in Modena, Enrico Zagni started to act in the 1994 with the role of Horatio in Hamlet for Emilia Romagna Teatro in Modena. With the same company he worked in the leading roles for Kaleidoscope of Solitary (Wilcock), The Sea of the Lost Time (Marquez), Sanctuary (Faulkner), Doll’s House (Ibsen), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare)

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Meet the Actors: Adriano Iurissevich as Shylock #2 / Aragon


Adriano Iurissevich is an Italian actor, director, musician and drama teacher, active in Italy, Spain, England and Israel. He worked with the Teatro Stabile of Veneto and of Genoa, the Gran Teatro di Carlo Cecchi, the Telemaco company (Madrid), the Gaslit Theatre Company (London) and the Habimah Theatre of Jerusalem. Adriano has been acting professionally since 1983

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Meet the Actors: Monica Garavello as Balzarina


Monica Garavello was born in Este, a little village near Padua. After studying theatre at the University of Bologna, she moved to Venice to attend a three year Drama School, at Teatro a L’Avogaria. Venice was exciting but she felt the need to open herself to new perspectives, so she started to travel to specialize and improve her theatre skills

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Meet the Actors: Hunter Perske as Salarino


Hunter is a jobbing actor, devoted father and loving partner. He trained at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Playing Shakespeare is always the greatest of pleasures for any theatre actor and the challenge, like the discoveries, never cease.

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Meet the Actors: Sorab Wadia as Shylock #1 / Graziano


Born in Bombay, India, Sorab Wadia has performed internationally as an actor and singer in an eclectic mélange of projects ranging from The Play of Daniel, a medieval music-drama, to the notorious Jihad! The Musical on London’s West End.  He garnered rave reviews for his performance as Ali Hakim on the U.S. National Tour of Trevor Nunn’s production of Oklahoma!

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

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 8.30pm
Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 8.30pm
Thursday July 28, 2016 at 8.30pm
Friday July 29, 2016 at 5.30pm
Sunday July 31, 2016 at 8.30pm
Monday August 1, 2016 at 8.30pm

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 (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

2) Buy Tickets

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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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