Illuminating the motives of racism when adapting and directing The Merchant of Venice
Taylor & Francis
School of Arts and Humanities / Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
Based on my own experience of adapting and directing The Merchant of Venice, I discuss the challenges and responsibilities of portraying the Jewish characters, Shylock and Jessica in a twenty-first century production. Blending theory and practice, the rehearsal process and results in performance are expounded to provide a detailed account of how the context affects the practice and outcomes. Moreover, the motivations, intentions and distortions within the intricacies of interactions between characters is described and discussed to explore the myth of Jewish stereotypes.
Society and Culture
Creativity, culture and artistic practice