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10

Remembering Jill Clayburgh, plus Regarding Shylock


 

on CUNY TV:
Saturday, November 27th
at 8:30 PM
Sunday, November 28th
at 12:30 PM and
Monday, November 29th
at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 7:30 PM

We pay tribute to actress Jill Clayburgh, who died on November 5, with excerpts of an interview we did with her in 2005.Taped while she was appearing in the Roundabout Theater Company’s A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, Clayburgh talks about her return to Broadway after a hiatus from the stage of many years, as well as the emerging career of her daughter, Lily Rabe (who is playing Portia opposite Al Pacino as Shylock in the current Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice). Youtube Preview

John Gielgud as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice Getty Images

Also in this episode of Theater Talk, we analyze the diverse interpretations of SHYLOCK, one of the most troubled and complex “villains” in Shakespeare’s canon. Professor James Shapiro, author of Shakespeare and the Jews, discusses the four-century history of the would-be nemesis of the “Merchant of Venice,” and how this character is inevitably a reflection of the culture in which he is being portrayed. 

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