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The Merchant   

 
Plymouth Theatre, (11/16/1977 - 11/19/1977)
First Preview: Nov 09, 1977 Total Previews: 8
Opening Date: Nov 16, 1977    
Closing Date: Nov 19, 1977 Total Performances: 5

Category: Play, Original, Broadway
Setting: Venice and Belmont. 1563.
Comments: Zero Mostel played Shylock at the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia (Pre-Broadway tryout) for one preview (September 2, 1977). He died suddenly on September 8, 1977 and was replaced by Joseph Leon.



Production Staff
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)
Produced by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President), The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Roger Berlind and Eddie Kulukundis; Produced in association with SRO Productions, Ltd.
Written by Arnold Wesker
Directed by John Dexter
Scenic Design by Jocelyn Herbert; Costume Design by Jocelyn Herbert; Lighting Design by Andy Phillips; Lighting Supervised by Andrea Wilson; Sound Consultant: Otts Munderloh; Wig Design by Paul Huntley
General Manager: Marvin A. Krauss; Company Manager: G. Warren McClane
Production Stage Manager: Brent Peek; Stage Manager: Pat DeRousie; Assistant Stage Mgr: Brian Meister and Mark Blum
General Press Representative: Merle Debuskey; Press Representative: Susan L. Schulman; Advertising: Matthew Serino and The Blaine Thompson Agency; Photographer: Martha Swope
Cast
John ClementsAntonio Querini
A merchant of Venice
Joseph LeonShylock Kolner
A Jew of Venice
Roberta MaxwellPortia Contarini
An heiress of Venice
Marian SeldesRivka Kolner
Shylock's sister
Russ BanhamVenetian
Mark BlumVenetian
Philip CarrollVenetian
James David CromarVenetian
Julie GarfieldJessica Kolner
Shylock's daughter
Gloria GiffordNerissa
Portia's maid
Jeffrey Horowitz
Broadway debut
Solomon Usque
A playwright
Leib LenskyMoses of Castelazzo
A portrait painter
Rebecca MalkaServant
Everett McGillLorenzo Pisani
Bassanio's friend
Brian MeisterVenetian
Riggs O'HaraGraziano Sanudo
Antonio's assistant
William RoerickGirolamo Priuli
Doge of Venice
John SeitzTubal di Ponti
Shylock's partner
Nicolas SurovyBassanio Visconti
Antonio's godson
Boris TumarinAbtalion da Modena
Shylock's tutor
John TyrrellVenetian
Angela WoodRebecca da Mendes
Daughter of Portugese banker
Understudies: Russ Banham (Lorenzo Pisani), Mark Blum (Moses of Castelazzo, Solomon Usque), Philip Carroll (Girolamo Priuli, Moses of Castelazzo, Solomon Usque, Tubal di Ponti), James David Cromar (Bassanio Visconti), Pat DeRousie (Jessica Kolner, Rebecca da Mendes), Leib Lensky (Abtalion da Modena), Rebecca Malka (Jessica Kolner, Nerissa, Portia Contarini, Rebecca da Mendes), Brian Meister (Abtalion da Modena), William Roerick (Antonio Querini), John Seitz (Shylock Kolner), John Tyrrell (Graziano Sanudo) and Angela Wood (Nerissa, Rivka Kolner)
Drama Desk Award
 1978 Outstanding New Play [nominee] 
 Produced by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President) , The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts , Roger Berlind and Eddie Kulukundis ;  Produced in association with SRO Productions, Ltd. ;  Written by Arnold Wesker