WAPAVA Presents: Folger Theatre's District Merchants

Monday, June 26, 2017, 7:00 pm
Southeast Branch Library, 403 7th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003
Free, reservations requested


The Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA), in partnership with Folger Theatre and the Southeast Branch Library, will host “WAPAVA Presents,” a screening of one of its archived productions from the James J. Taylor Collection.

People will enjoy excerpts of a video recording of the Folger Theatre’s world premiere of District Merchants and a panel discussion with Playwright Aaron Posner and Cast Member Craig Wallace.

About the Production
Love and litigation, deep passions, and predatory lending are grappled with in this uneasy comedy, which wades fearlessly into the complexities and contradictions of life in America. Set among the Black and Jewish populations in post-Civil War Washington, D.C., where passions simmer and societies realign, District Merchants is a remarkable and timely tale of money, merchandise, and mercy.

Playwright Aaron Posner sets this new exploration of class and difference in our own political place of power, Washington, D.C., just after the Civil War. Directed by Michael John Garcés, this reconstructed comedy features Matthew Boston as Shylock and Craig Wallace as Antoine. District Merchants is Aaron Posner’s variation on Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

District Merchants is the 2017 Helen Hayes Award Winner for Outstanding Original Play or Musical Adaptation.

The event is free and open to the public.

RSVP to WAPAVA Executive Director Carole Bernard at carolebernard@wapava.org.