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Merchant on Venice

By Shishir Kurup

Directed by Sabrina Peck

A new play based on Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, set in Culver City, California, where hatred and intolerence among Hindus and Muslims have grown to a boiling point. With music, modern verse written in present-day South Asian/American pop lingo, blank verse and present-day pop references, the play explores how the preponderance of power in one sector of a community can marginalize a minority and provoke reactionary and retributive responses.

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