Merchant on Venice

Merchant on Venice was a unique spin on Shakespeare's tale, set on the street in Venice Beach, California, in the midst of a conflict between the Hindus and the Muslims of the neighborhood.

Merchant on Venice was a unique spin on Shakespeare's tale, set on the street in Venice Beach, California, in the midst of a conflict between the Hindus and the Muslims of the neighborhood.

The clown Tooranpoi had the audience in stitches with his monologue about running away from home.

The clown Tooranpoi had the audience in stitches with his monologue about running away from home.

Holi, a Hindu festival, was brought to life on stage.  A tradition of the festival is throwing colored powder at other revelers.  For our representation, colored confetti stood in for the powder, creating a rainbow-colored cloud over the cast and audience.

Holi, a Hindu festival, was brought to life on stage. A tradition of the festival is throwing colored powder at other revelers. For our representation, colored confetti stood in for the powder, creating a rainbow-colored cloud over the cast and audience.

Later, the show turns dark as Shylock attempts to collect his "pound of flesh."

Later, the show turns dark as Sharuk (Shylock) attempts to collect his "pound of flesh."

In the end, Kavita makes a plea for mercy that helps save Devendra's life.

In the end, Kavita makes a plea for mercy that helps save Devendra's life.

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