Bard College Berlin Presents
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Carey Perloff: Close Reading of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice

Online Guest Lecture
5:30 pm CET

Playwright and director Carey Perloff, artistic director of American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco for a quarter-century, will lead Paul Festa's seminar LT140: "Close Reading" in a study of Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice.

For those who lack a paper copy of the play, you can find it online here, and the class is using Stephen Greenblatt's annotations. If you care to watch the play in addition to reading it, Carey Perloff recommends Jonathan Miller's production at the National Theatre, with Joan Plowright and Laurence Olivier.

Carey will focus on the following speeches:
  1. PORTIA  Act III, Scene 2, lines 1-23  (Belmont), "I pray you tarry..."
  2. PORTIA  Act III, Ac 2, lines 149-174   "You see me, Lord Bassanio, where I stand..."
  3. PORTIA  Act IV, Sc 1, lines 180- 201  "The quality of mercy is not strained"
  4. SHYLOCK  ACT I, Sc 3, lines 36-47 "How like a fawning publican he looks"   and lines 66- 85
  5. SHYLOCK ACT IV, Sc 1, lines 35-62   "I have possessed your grace..."
Those interested in reading Carey's essay on casting a woman as Shylock—which touches on the challenges a Jewish director faces in approaching this play—can find it here.

For more information please contact Paul Festa.

Date & Time Wednesday, April 29th, 2020, 5:30 pm CET

Open to the BCB Community and friends of BCB

Contact information:  communications@berlin.bard.edu

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