anti-Semitism

SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED
The Merchant of Venice with F. Murray Abraham

SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED: The Merchant of Venice with F. Murray Abraham

 

Three centuries before The Merchant of Venice was written, England became the first country in medieval Europe to expel its Jewish population. Comparing Shylock to the stock Jewish villain of the day, the episode looks at the efforts over the years, for better or worse, to treat him more as a victim – and rescue Shakespeare from any taint of anti-Semitism.

 

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GREAT PERFORMANCES
Indecent

 

Paula Vogel’s Tony Award winner is inspired by the true story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance. The play with music looks at an explosive moment in theatrical history and explores themes including anti-Semitism, anti-immigration sentiment, homophobia and censorship.