On the program for two weekends: women take center stage at the SI Shakespearean Theater ‘The Merchant of Venice’ in the Tuscan Garden of Snug Harbor

STATEN ISLAND, NY – The Staten Island Shakespearean Theater production of “The Merchant of Venice” will be performed in the Renaissance-era Tuscan Garden of the Richmond County Savings Foundation at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden.

Shakespeare’s 16th century play centers on a merchant named Antonio who defaults on a large loan from a Jewish pawnbroker, Shylock.

The show will take place on Friday July 8, Saturday July 9 and Friday July 15 and Saturday July 16 at 8 p.m.

General admission is $27, students and seniors $22.

Tickets can be obtained online by visiting: sishakespeare.org

Scenes from SIST’s “Merchant of Venice” will be played this weekend and next weekend at Snug Harbor. (Courtesy of SIST/Frank Williams)Staten Island Advance

“My goal is to portray Shylock as a pureblood character rather than a stereotype, and with that comes the exploration of Shylock’s journey as she faces the dangers of seeking revenge and taking on the characteristics of her persecutors. “said SIST Director and Treasurer Mitch. Maglio. “As with all of our productions of Shakespeare’s works, we seek to create and hold high a mirror for our contemporary audiences and hope it will inspire them to consider the effects of anti-Semitism, racism and persecution in the world. world today.”

In the production, the merchant Antonio and Shylock, played by Michael-Anne Hoffert-Cone and Brandy Thomas respectively, are female. Maglio, who is Jewish, thinks making Shylock a woman is important today.

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Scenes from SIST’s “The Merchant of Venice” will be played this weekend and next weekend at Snug Harbor. (Courtesy of SIST/Frank Williams)Staten Island Advance

“Given the national debate over women’s rights and their role in society in the 21st century, casting a woman as Shylock is especially important,” Maglio added.

The production also includes Amanda Rose Benjamin, Mona Bruno, Brittany Daniels, Jack Dawson, Justin Giachetti, Alexandra Gullo, Victoria Gullo, James Jagiello, Abby McNulty, Gary Moore, Meg Oikawa, Matt Provenzano, Tom Shcherbenko, Hannah Simpson and Israel Wasserstein. .

Assistant director is Frank Williams, stage manager Nikita Chernin, assistant stage manager Autumn Philips, sound engineer Alexandra Popick, lighting design Nick Diaz, graphic art Christopher J. Sorrentino, set design Courtney Emerson and producers Cara S. Liander and Frank Williams.

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Scenes from “The Merchant of Venice” will be played this weekend and next weekend at Snug Harbor. (Courtesy/SIST/Frank Williams)Staten Island Advance

The Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden is located at 1000 Richmond Terrace in Livingston.

The Staten Island Shakespearean Theater Company presents the works of Shakespeare and other classic plays, in specific locations, to provide an “environmental theater experience.”

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