Presented by Folger Theatre
by Aaron Posner
Directed by Michael John Garcés
The acclaimed playwright behind Stupid F**king Bird and My Name is Asher Lev sets his sights on Shakespeare with District Merchants, a play set in an imagined time that straddles post-Civil War Washington, D.C., the Elizabethan era and today. A story of money, merchandise and mercy, District Merchants is a tense comedy that examines the contradictions of life in America. The creative adaptation of The Merchant of Venice was written by four-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Aaron Posner and commissioned by the Folger Theatre. Directed by Michael John Garces (Lights Rise on Grace, The Convert), the play stars Matthew Boston as Shylock and Craig Wallace as Antoine.