VENICE, Italy (JTA) – Last week, an international, multilingual cast performed Shakespeare’s controversial play, “The Merchant of Venice,” in the secluded main plaza of the city’s historic Jewish Ghetto. It was the first time the play was performed in the iconic location, where some of the action takes place.
Enclosed by tall tenements and the arched windows of 16th-century synagogues, audiences – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg among them – gathered to see six sold-out performances of “The Merchant in Venice,” a production of the Compagnia de’ Colombari theatre company and Venice’s Ca’ Foscari University. The six performances were part of a year-long commemoration marking the 500th anniversary of the impostion of the Ghetto. [Read more…]