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The Merchant of Venice

Directed by Robert Currier

The Merchant of Venice

Producer’s Perspective

This is a controversial play. It has been used by anti-Semites, including the Nazis, to portray Jews in a poor light. Many people wonder if this play should ever be performed again. When we set out to do it, we knew we would need to provide forums for community discussion. We ended up hosting a symposium on the play at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael; the panel included the play’s director Robert Currier, Matt Henerson who played Shylock, a Rabbi, Sister Samuel, and an Episcopal minister with a deep interest in the holocaust. We had set up a hundred chairs for the event, but as we neared the time for it to start, we had to keep hauling out more chairs.


The Characters in the Play

Prince of Morocco
Launcelot Gobbo
Old Gobbo
Lucas McClure*
Paul Spencer
Anthony Shaw Abate
Jason Heil*
Kurt Kroesche
Peter Schmuckal
Allyson Kulavis
Valerie Weak
Fred Ochs
Matthew Henerson*
Kobie Crawford
Patrick Flick*
Fred Ochs

Prince of Aragon
The Duke of Venice
Pages, Servants, Attendants and Guards

Jennifer Fagundes
Patrick Flick*
Fred Ochs
John Kress
MSC Interns and Apprentices

Production Staff

Managing Director – Lesley Currier
Set Design - Kenneth Rowland
Lighting Design - Bruce Lackovic
Costume Design - Pamela Johnson
Music Composed by - Billie Cox
Props Design - Bryan Steele
Production Stage Manager - Jon Wangsard*


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