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RemarkaBULL Podversations are informal, livestreamed conversations that investigate approaches to essential passages from the Shakespearean and Jacobean canon―and beyond.
Celebrated star of stage and screen F. MURRAY ABRAHAM will join host NATHAN WINKELSTEIN, Red Bull’s Associate Artistic Director, for a conversation, focused on Shylock from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. They will take your questions too!
Act III: Scene 1
from The Merchant of Venice
To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing else,
it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and
hindered me half a million; laughed at my losses,
mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my
bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine
enemies; and what's his reason? I am a Jew. Hath
not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs,
dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with
the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject
to the same diseases, healed by the same means,
warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as
a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed?
if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison
us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not
revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will
resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian,
what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian
wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by
Christian example? Why, revenge. The villany you
teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I
will better the instruction.
ABOUT F. MURRAY ABRAHAM
Macy's Santa, Street Theatre, Live Soaps, Musical Comedy, plays by Aristophanes, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Molière, Pirandello, Rostand, Girodeaux, Brecht, Beckett, Pinter, Miller, O'Neill, Mamet, Guare, Kushner, Coen. Films: Grand Budapest Hotel, Inside Llewyn Davis, Scarface, Amadeus, Name of the Rose, The Ritz and many European films. TV: "The Good Wife", "Louie", "Homeland". He has narrated symphony orchestras worldwide and for PBS. Awards: 2 Obies, Golden Globe, Academy Award, Gielgud Award, The Moscow Art Theatre Award for Excellence, and has done more of Terence's plays than any other actor. His book on Midsummer Night's Dream is published by Faber and Faber. In 2010, Red Bull Theater presented Abraham with a Matador Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Classical Theatre.
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