College of Liberal Arts

UT Renaissance Institute Staged Reading: "The Jew of Malta"

Tuesday Apr 13, 2010 7:00 PM | Harry Ransom Center, Prothro Theater

A part of the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies, in conjunction with the 2010 institute on 'Literature and Religious Conflict in the English Renaissance.'

Shakespeare at Winedale alumni will perform 'The Jew of Malta' by Christopher Marlowe. This 1592 satirical masterpiece features one of Marlowe's 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 Ph.D. candidate in the UT English Department.


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