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[[Folger Theatre|Folger Theatre]] performed their production of Aaron Posner's ''District Merchants'' from May 31 to July 3, 2016.  
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[[Folger Theatre|Folger Theatre]] produced Aaron Posner's ''District Merchants'', directed by Michael John Garces, music by Christylez Bacon, from May 31 to July 3, 2016.  
  
[[File:Forfolgerpedia.jpg|350px|left|frame|Craig Wallace (Antoine) and Matthew Boston (Shylock), ''District Merchants'', directed by Michael John Garces, Folger Theatre, 2016. Teresa Wood.]]
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[[File:Forfolgerpedia.jpg|350px|Craig Wallace (Antoine) and Matthew Boston (Shylock), ''District Merchants'', directed by Michael John Garces, Folger Theatre, 2016. Teresa Wood.|alt=|center|thumb]]
  
== Production ==
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== Synopsis ==
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Love and litigation, deep passions, and predatory lending are taken to a new level in this uneasy comedy, which wades fearlessly into the endless complexities and contradictions of life in America.  Set among the Black and Jewish populations of an imagined time and place-—simultaneously Shakespearean, post-Civil War Washington, DC, and today-—<em>District Merchants </em>is a remarkable tale of money, merchandise, and mercy brought to the stage by four-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Aaron Posner.
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==Production==
 
Entertainment unions represented in Folger Theatre productions include The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (**), United Scenic Artists (***), and the Actors' Equity Association (*), which includes members of the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
 
Entertainment unions represented in Folger Theatre productions include The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (**), United Scenic Artists (***), and the Actors' Equity Association (*), which includes members of the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
  
=== Cast ===
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===Cast===
* Matthew Boston*:  Shylock
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* Maren Bush*: Portia
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*Matthew Boston*:  Shylock
* Akeem Davis*: Lancelot
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*Maren Bush*: Portia
* Celeste Jones*: Nessa
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*Akeem Davis*: Lancelot
* Seth Rue*: Benjamin Bassanio
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*Celeste Jones*: Nessa
* Dani Stoller*: Jessica
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*Seth Rue*: Benjamin Bassanio
* William Vaughan: Lorenzo
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*Dani Stoller*: Jessica
* Craig Wallace: Antoine
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*William Vaughan: Lorenzo
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*Craig Wallace: Antoine
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===Understudies===
  
=== Understudies ===
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*Jenna Berk: Jessica
* Jenna Berk: Jessica
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*Adante Carter*: Benjamin Bassanio/Lancelot
* Adante Carter*: Benjamin Bassanio/Lancelot
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*Ross Destiche: Lorenzo
* Ross Destiche: Lorenzo
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*Melissa Graces: Portia
* Melissa Graces: Portia
 
 
*Jeff Keogh: Shylock
 
*Jeff Keogh: Shylock
* Lilian Oben: Nessa
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*Lilian Oben: Nessa
* Jefferson Russell* : Antoine
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*Jefferson Russell* : Antoine
  
=== Creative team ===
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===Creative team===
* Aaron Posner, Playwright
 
* Michael John Garces**, Director
 
* Tony Cisek*, Scenic Design
 
* Meghan Raham, Costume Design
 
* Geoff Korf*, Lighting Design
 
* James Bigbee Garver, Sound Design
 
* Michele Osherow, Resident Dramaturg
 
* Daryl Eisenberg, CSA, New York Casting
 
* Roy A. Gross**, Production Stage Manager
 
* Elisabeth Ribar**, Assistant Stage Manager
 
  
=== Production team ===
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*Aaron Posner, Playwright
* Rebekah Sheffer, Assistant Technical Director
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*Michael John Garces**, Director
* Katharine Pitt, Humanities Programs Assistant
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*Christylez Bacon, Music
* Teresa Wood, Casting Assistant
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*Tony Cisek*, Scenic Design
* Lila Rachel Becker, Assistant Director
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*Meghan Raham, Costume Design
* Elizabeth Brodie, Production Assistant
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*Geoff Korf*, Lighting Design
* Tony Koehler, Props Master
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*James Bigbee Garver, Sound Design
* Paige Hathaway, Assistant Scenic Designer
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*Michele Osherow, Resident Dramaturg
* Bella Faccia, Inc., Scenic Construction
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*Ayanna Thompson, Co-Dramaturg
* Anne Nesmith, Wig Designer
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*Daryl Eisenberg, CSA, New York Casting
* Cidney Forkpah, Wardrobe Head
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*Roy A. Gross**, Production Stage Manager
* Mariah Hale, Ansaldo Costumes, Adalia Tonneyck, Costume Construction
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*Elisabeth Ribar**, Assistant Stage Manager
* Kyle Soble, Assistant Lighting Designer
 
* James Neylon, Master Electrician
 
* Amanda Kircher, Assistant Master Electrician
 
* Brandon Roe, Sound Associate
 
* Jon Farber and Sasha Pensanti, Assistants for Daryl Eisenberg Casting
 
* WiT Media, Advertising Agency
 
* Teresa Wood, Production Photography
 
* Brittany Diliberto, Pre-Production Photography
 
* Lee Fanning, Mark Fastoso, and APTV, Promotional Video
 
* WAPAVA, Archival Video
 
* C2, Open Captioning
 
  
=== Folger Theatre ===
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===Production team===
* Janet Alexander Griffin, Artistic Producer
 
  
* Beth Emelson, Assistant Artistic Producer
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*Teresa Wood, Casting Assistant
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*Lila Rachel Becker, Assistant Director
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*Elizabeth Brodie, Production Assistant
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*Tony Koehler, Props Master
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*Paige Hathaway, Assistant Scenic Designer
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*Bella Faccia, Inc., Scenic Construction
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*Anne Nesmith, Wig Designer
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*Cidney Forkpah, Wardrobe Head
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*Mariah Hale, Ansaldo Costumes, Adalia Tonneyck, Costume Construction
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*Kyle Soble, Assistant Lighting Designer
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*James Neylon, Master Electrician
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*Amanda Kircher, Assistant Master Electrician
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*Brandon Roe, Sound Associate
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*Jon Farber and Sasha Pensanti, Assistants for Daryl Eisenberg Casting
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*WiT Media, Advertising Agency
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*Teresa Wood, Production Photography
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*Brittany Diliberto, Pre-Production Photography
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*Lee Fanning, Mark Fastoso, and APTV, Promotional Video
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*WAPAVA, Archival Video
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*C2, Open Captioning
  
* David Polk, General Manager
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===Folger Theatre===
  
* Charles Flye, Theatre Production Manager
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*Janet Alexander Griffin, Artistic Producer
  
* Rebekah Sheffer, Assistant Technical Director
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*Beth Emelson, Associate Artistic Producer
  
* Katherine Pitt, Programs Assistant
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*David Polk, General Manager
  
* Teresa Wood, Casting Assistant
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*Charles Flye, Theatre Production Manager
  
== Other media ==
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*Rebekah Sheffer, Assistant Technical Director
  
Watch the trailer for this production of ''District Merchants."
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*Katherine Pitt, Humanities Programs Assistant
  
<html5media height ="180" width="320">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewJtQ42A1LA</html5media>
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==Other media==
  
== Reviews   ==
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Watch the trailer for this production of ''District Merchants."''
* [https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/shylock-goes-to-washington-in-district-merchants-at-folger/2016/06/08/04bd22c2-2d85-11e6-9de3-6e6e7a14000c_story.html The Washington Post]
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* [http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/theater/blog/20782823/district-merchants-at-the-folger-shakespeare-library-reviewed Washington City Paper]
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<html5media height="180" width="320">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewJtQ42A1LA</html5media>
* [http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2016/06/09/review-district-merchants-folger-theatre/ DC Metro Arts]
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* [http://www.theatermania.com/washington-dc-theater/reviews/district-merchants-folger-theatre_77455.html/ TheaterMania]  
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==Reviews==
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*[https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/shylock-goes-to-washington-in-district-merchants-at-folger/2016/06/08/04bd22c2-2d85-11e6-9de3-6e6e7a14000c_story.html The Washington Post]
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*[http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/theater/blog/20782823/district-merchants-at-the-folger-shakespeare-library-reviewed Washington City Paper]
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*[http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2016/06/09/review-district-merchants-folger-theatre/ DC Metro Arts]
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*[http://www.theatermania.com/washington-dc-theater/reviews/district-merchants-folger-theatre_77455.html/ TheaterMania]
  
 
==Image gallery==
 
==Image gallery==
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
File:District_354.jpg|Dani Stoller (Jessica) and William Vaughan (Lorenzo), ''District Merchants'', directed by Michael John Garces, Folger Theatre, 2016. Teresa Wood.
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File:District 354.jpg|Dani Stoller (Jessica) and William Vaughan (Lorenzo), ''District Merchants'', directed by Michael John Garces, Folger Theatre, 2016. Teresa Wood.
File:District_504_2.jpg|Maren Bush (Portia), ''District Merchants'', directed by Michael John Garces, Folger Theatre, 2016. Teresa Wood.
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File:District 504 2.jpg|Maren Bush (Portia), ''District Merchants'', directed by Michael John Garces, Folger Theatre, 2016. Teresa Wood.
File:District_703_2.jpg|Dani Stoller (Jessica), Seth Rue (Benjamin Bassanio,  Akeem Davis (Lancelot), Celeste Jones (Nessa), and William Vaughan (Lorenzo), ''District Merchants'', directed by Michael John Garces, Folger Theatre, 2016. Teresa Wood.
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File:District 703 2.jpg|Dani Stoller (Jessica), Seth Rue (Benjamin Bassanio,  Akeem Davis (Lancelot), Celeste Jones (Nessa), and William Vaughan (Lorenzo), ''District Merchants'', directed by Michael John Garces, Folger Theatre, 2016. Teresa Wood.
 
 
 
</gallery>
 
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[[Category: 21st century]]
 
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[[Category: American theater]]

Latest revision as of 11:26, 4 February 2021

Folger Theatre produced Aaron Posner's District Merchants, directed by Michael John Garces, music by Christylez Bacon, from May 31 to July 3, 2016.

Craig Wallace (Antoine) and Matthew Boston (Shylock), District Merchants, directed by Michael John Garces, Folger Theatre, 2016. Teresa Wood.

Synopsis

Love and litigation, deep passions, and predatory lending are taken to a new level in this uneasy comedy, which wades fearlessly into the endless complexities and contradictions of life in America.  Set among the Black and Jewish populations of an imagined time and place-—simultaneously Shakespearean, post-Civil War Washington, DC, and today-—District Merchants is a remarkable tale of money, merchandise, and mercy brought to the stage by four-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Aaron Posner.

Production

Entertainment unions represented in Folger Theatre productions include The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (**), United Scenic Artists (***), and the Actors' Equity Association (*), which includes members of the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

Cast

  • Matthew Boston*: Shylock
  • Maren Bush*: Portia
  • Akeem Davis*: Lancelot
  • Celeste Jones*: Nessa
  • Seth Rue*: Benjamin Bassanio
  • Dani Stoller*: Jessica
  • William Vaughan: Lorenzo
  • Craig Wallace: Antoine

Understudies

  • Jenna Berk: Jessica
  • Adante Carter*: Benjamin Bassanio/Lancelot
  • Ross Destiche: Lorenzo
  • Melissa Graces: Portia
  • Jeff Keogh: Shylock
  • Lilian Oben: Nessa
  • Jefferson Russell* : Antoine

Creative team

  • Aaron Posner, Playwright
  • Michael John Garces**, Director
  • Christylez Bacon, Music
  • Tony Cisek*, Scenic Design
  • Meghan Raham, Costume Design
  • Geoff Korf*, Lighting Design
  • James Bigbee Garver, Sound Design
  • Michele Osherow, Resident Dramaturg
  • Ayanna Thompson, Co-Dramaturg
  • Daryl Eisenberg, CSA, New York Casting
  • Roy A. Gross**, Production Stage Manager
  • Elisabeth Ribar**, Assistant Stage Manager

Production team

  • Teresa Wood, Casting Assistant
  • Lila Rachel Becker, Assistant Director
  • Elizabeth Brodie, Production Assistant
  • Tony Koehler, Props Master
  • Paige Hathaway, Assistant Scenic Designer
  • Bella Faccia, Inc., Scenic Construction
  • Anne Nesmith, Wig Designer
  • Cidney Forkpah, Wardrobe Head
  • Mariah Hale, Ansaldo Costumes, Adalia Tonneyck, Costume Construction
  • Kyle Soble, Assistant Lighting Designer
  • James Neylon, Master Electrician
  • Amanda Kircher, Assistant Master Electrician
  • Brandon Roe, Sound Associate
  • Jon Farber and Sasha Pensanti, Assistants for Daryl Eisenberg Casting
  • WiT Media, Advertising Agency
  • Teresa Wood, Production Photography
  • Brittany Diliberto, Pre-Production Photography
  • Lee Fanning, Mark Fastoso, and APTV, Promotional Video
  • WAPAVA, Archival Video
  • C2, Open Captioning

Folger Theatre

  • Janet Alexander Griffin, Artistic Producer
  • Beth Emelson, Associate Artistic Producer
  • David Polk, General Manager
  • Charles Flye, Theatre Production Manager
  • Rebekah Sheffer, Assistant Technical Director
  • Katherine Pitt, Humanities Programs Assistant

Other media

Watch the trailer for this production of District Merchants."

Reviews

Image gallery