Department of English

Staged Reading of "The Jew of Malta"

Tue, April 13, 2010 | Harry Ransom Center, Protho Theatre

7:00 PM

Shakespeare at Winedale alumni will perform 'The Jew of Malta' as a part of the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS).

Christopher Marlowe’s 1592 satirical masterpiece features one of his greatest anti-heroes in a story of religious conflict, Machiavellian scheming, and ruthless revenge.  Barabas, the Jew of Malta, has his wealth seized by the island’s Christian rulers in order to prevent an invasion by Ottoman Turks.  He undertakes a spectacular and often hilarious campaign of vengeance involving poisoned nuns, unscrupulous friars, and multiple betrayals, culminating in a giant boiling cauldron.  Hypocrisy and murder know no religious bounds in this shocking and cynical tragicomedy: Christians, Muslims and Jews are shown to be equally motivated by greed and malice.

This rarely-performed play, written just a few years before the controversial young playwright’s violent death, will be given a special one-off staged reading performance.  The title role will be played by Matthew Radford, leading Austin actor and former S@W Visiting Associate Director, who is a current Ph.D. candidate in the UT English Department.

Full Cast List:

  David Boss   FERNEZE, governor of Malta.
  Matt Davidson   LODOWICK, his son.
  Avimaan Syam   SELIM CALYMATH, son to the Grand Seignior.
  Graham Schmidt   MARTIN DEL BOSCO, vice-admiral of Spain.
  Collin Bjork   MATHIAS, a gentleman.
  Curtis Luciani   JACOMO, a friar.
  Rob Matney   BARNARDINE, a friar.
  Matt Radford   BARABAS, a wealthy Jew.
  Daniel Rigney   ITHAMORE, a slave.
  Jerry Fugit   PILIA-BORZA, a bully, attendant to BELLAMIRA.
  Liz Fisher  KATHARINE, mother to MATHIAS.
  Sonia Desai   ABIGAIL, daughter to BARABAS.
  Natalie Sharpe   BELLAMIRA, a courtezan.
  Elizabeth Lay   ABBESS, MACHIAVEL as Prologue speaker.

This event is free and open to the public.


Sponsored by: Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies & Shakespeare at Winedale

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