Press - ​​​​​​​District Merchants


DISTRICT MERCHANTS
by ​Aaron Posner
inspired by William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
​directed by ​​​Michael Michetti
​​October 2-23, 2016

​Julianne Argyros Stage

With audacious humor and bold inventiveness, Aaron Posner (SCR’s The Tempest) takes The Merchant of Venice from its Shakespearean setting to post-Civil War Washington, D.C., with hints at life in America today. In the complex and contradictory worlds of blacks, whites, Jews and Christians, money changes hands with dangerously high stakes, philanthropic acts mask blatant opportunism and would-be lovers hide—and then uncover—their differences. While love gets a chance, does hope remain for a just and kind tomorrow?

Find the press release, bios, headshots—as they become available—and more about the show on this page.

Photos

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Akeem Davis and Rachel Esther Tate in SCR's 2016 production of ​District Merchants by ​Aaron Posner. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Montae Russell and Chris Butler in SCR's 2016 production of ​District Merchants by ​Aaron Posner. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Montae Russell and Matthew Boston in SCR's 2016 production of ​District Merchants by ​Aaron Posner. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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​Chris Butler, Helen Sage Howard Simpson and Kristy Johnson in SCR's 2016 production of ​​District Merchants by ​Aaron Posner. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Akeem Davis, Rachel Esther Tate, Matthew Boston, Chris Butler, Montae Russell and Matthew Grondin in SCR's 2016 production of ​District Merchants by ​Aaron Posner. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Kristy Johnson, Akeem Davis, Rachel Esther Tate, Matthew Grondin, Matthew Boston, Montae Russell, Helen Sage Howard Simpson and Chris Butler in SCR's 2016 production of ​​District Merchants by ​Aaron Posner. Photo by ​Ben Horak/SCR.

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Matthew Boston n SCR's 2016 production of ​District Merchants by ​Aaron Posner. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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​Kristy Johnson and Helen Sage Howard Simpson in SCR's 2016 production of ​​District Merchants by ​Aaron Posner. Photo by ​Ben Horak/SCR.

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​Matthew Boston and Rachel Esther Tate in SCR's 2016 production of ​​District Merchants by ​Aaron Posner. Photo by ​Ben Horak/SCR.

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Chris Butler and Matthew Grondin in SCR's 2016 production of ​​District Merchants by ​Aaron Posner. Photo by ​Ben Horak/SCR.

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Matthew Grondin and Rachel Esther Tate in SCR's 2016 production of District Merchants by Aaron Posner. Photo by ​Debora Robinson/SCR.