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    The Doctor of Rome and The Merchant of Venice

    William Shakespeare's classic play and a newly written sequel by Los Angeles attorney Nat Colley. THE DOCTOR OF ROME picks up eighteen years after Shakespeare's play ends (MERCHANT will be set in 1927, when Italy's fascist movement first rose to power, DOCTOR in 1945, immediately following World War II), and features many of the same characters and some new ones. The most notable new addition is Daniel, Shylock's grandson by his daughter Jessica. Daniel was educated by Portia and Bassanio, but they have kept his Jewish identity carefully hidden from him. Bassanio would like Daniel to follow in his footsteps and become a merchant. Portia, on the other hand, would like him to become an attorney (a "doctor of law"). Daniel is in love with Rachel, Portia's half-moor housemaid, something that causes Portia no end of grief, as she feels he can do better. As Daniel discovers his true identity and his past, as well as finding out about the infamous "pound of flesh" that his grandfather demanded from Antonio, he becomes fascinated by his family's history and culture. Will he marry Rachel, causing his natural and adoptive mothers great pain? Which life path will he choose? Audiences have the opportunity to see both the original MERCHANT as well as its intriguing sequel, both performed by the same cast.

    Dates:  May 2, 2002 - June 1, 2002
    Schedule:  Tues.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m.
    Call or see web site to find out which play which day.
    Venue:  Greenwich Street Theater, 547 Greenwich Street
    Price:  $15, both plays $25
    Official site:  http://www.revolvingbard.org
    Tickets/info:  (212) 255-3940


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