UP NEXT: THE VENETIANS
by Matt Barbot
directed by Edward Torres
Starring James Vincent Meredith* & Lawrence Grimm*
Catch the livestream on Friday, May 8th @ 7pm CST
Or view the recording at your convenience between May 10 - 16!
Othello, the Moorish general, wants to give his beloved Desdemona the beautiful secret wedding she deserves... but that means borrowing ducats. Unfortunately for him, the Jewish moneylender Shylock has spent too long among the terrible people of Venice to see this marriage as anything but a death sentence for Othello. Unbeknownst to Shylock, however, his own daughter has begun an illicit romance that may bring their whole world crashing down on all their heads.
A crossover between Shakespeare's “The Merchant of Venice” and “The Tragedy of Othello,” “The Venetians” uses two classical outsiders to ask questions about immigration, assimilation, national identity and what “acceptance” truly means.
Oak Park Festival Theatre, in partnership with Kane Repertory Theatre, presents a virtual production of “The Venetians,” a new play by Matt Barbot that brings together various characters from two of Shakespeare’s best loved plays to address contemporary issues. Winner of Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2019 Columbia@Roundabout New Play series, the play directed by Edward Torres, premieres May 8 at 7 p.m. and can be viewed on demand through May 15.
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JAMES VINCENT MEREDITH* Othello
LAWRENCE GRIMM* Shylock
ELLEN CAMPBELL+ Desdemona
SHANA LASKI Jessica/Portia
JORDAN ARREDONDO Lorenzo
SAVANNA RAE^ Emilia/Elizabeth I
MATTY ROBINSON^ Gobbo/Roderigo
BRYANT HAYES+ Morocco/Caliban
CHRISTOPHER WAYLAND Aaron
ANDRES ENRIQUEZ Iago
MIKE DAILEY Tubal/ Friar Lawrence
LEIGH ANNE BARRETT Stage Manager
*denotes member of the Actors Equity Association
^denotes OPFT Artistic Associate
+denotes KRT Ensemble Member
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