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Shylock by Mark Leiren-Young


By Mark Leiren-Young

Shylock is an award-winning play about a Jewish actor who finds himself condemned by his own community for his portrayal of Shakespeare’s notorious Jew. Shylock has provided much fuel for the fiery debates surrounding censorship, historical revisionism, political correctness, and the thorny discussion of whether certain plays are suitable for contemporary productions—Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice amongst them.

“Mark Leiren-Young’s play is very strong and an important contribution to the vexed and vexing question of the alleged anti-Semitism of The Merchant of Venice.”
- Patrick Stewart, actor

Shylock should really run until the political correctness it so thoughtfully eviscerates has been bulldozed back into history’s sanitary landfill.”
- Malcolm Parry, The Vancouver Sun

“A passionate plea for reason, for literature, and for art. Shylock will be a hit because people are hungry for articulate, passionate arguments for intellectual sanity in a rapidly collapsing intellectual world. Hooray for Mark Leiren-Young.”
- Ken Brown, Culture Shock (Edmonton)

“Both entertaining and provocative. A perfect companion piece to The Merchant of Venice in any college or high-school discussion of Shakespeare’s controversial play.”
- Normand Berlin, professor of English, University of Mass., author The Secret Cause: A Discussion of Tragedy

“Dangerous, daring, and provocative.”
- Jo Ledingham, The Vancouver Courier

“I leapt at the opportunity to present Shylock at Vancouver’s Shakespeare Festival. It is a fascinating play. Bravo Leiren-Young! Bravo Shylock!”
- Christopher Gaze, Artistic Director, Bard on the Beach Theatre Company

“This is good storytelling that will make great theatre. A lively sense of the absurd is essential to any art form, none more so than performing on a live stage. Mark Leiren-Young has the talent and the guts to try and fly in this crowded and rarefied category. He will go a long way.”
- Peter C. Newman, author The Canadian Establishment

“Jewish gold!”
- Martin Millerchip, North Shore News

“Mark Leiren-Young’s play raises pertinent questions about not just the anti-Semitic nature of Shylock but whether theater should comfort or challenge its audience.”
- Curt Milton, Seattle Post Intelligencer

“An effective piece of writing. So much so that cleaning staff had to literally push-broom patrons from the lobby after the show had ended. The response was that lively.”
- Michael Turner, The National Post

“The play is a wondrous diatribe about art, the responsibilities of the artist, and about whether theatre exists to make people comfortable.”
- Gaetan Charlebois, The Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia

ISBN 1895636124
5 x 8 | 66 pp
11.95 CAN / 8.95 US
Rights available:  World


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