Merchant on Venice / by R. Sheth

January 7, 2007

Written by Shishir Kurup
Directed by Stuart Carden
Choreography by Alka Nayyar

Featuring: Anjali Asokan, Dipika Cherala, Cesar Conde, Kamal Hans, Anil Hurkadli, Anish Jethmalani, Shishir Kurup, Julian Martinez, Marvin Quijada, Sadieh Rifai, Marc Rita, Prinadhi Varshney, and Tariq Vasudeva

Venice, Italy intersects with the Indian Diaspora of Venice Beach, California in a wickedly funny, wildly inventive, and politically provocative re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. Written in iambic pentameter and vividly colored by Indian, American and Latino pop references, playwright Shishir Kurup transforms Shakespeare’s original by injecting the story with Bollywood musical numbers, L.A. Punk, Hindu-Muslim tensions, and a distinctly American landscape.