Engage in lively and thoughtful discussion about race and religion in response to short scenes from two plays. Caleen Jennings, playwright and American University theatre professor, leads this free kick-off forum at the Folger for CrossTalk DC. The forum will take place in the theater, with small group discussion and refreshments in the Folger's Reading Rooms.
Sunday, May 15, 2-6pm
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Forum participants will engage with these two plays:
- The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s play of justice, prejudice and betrayal among Jews and Christians, probably written in 1596, and
- District Merchants, a retelling of The Merchant of Venice set in post-Civil War DC, this world-premiere piece, commissioned by Folger Theatre, juxtaposes the experiences of two DC merchants: a newly emancipated Black man and an immigrant Jew.