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Join Us on August 8 for CrossTalk DC Forum: “District Merchants: Reflections on Identity and Difference”

Join us on August 8th at the Anacostia Community Museum for a CrossTalk DC Forum on “District Merchants: Reflections on Identity and Difference”.


At this joint program of the Anacostia Community Museum and the Folger Shakespeare Library, actors will read scenes from District Merchants a world premiere commissioned retelling of The Merchant of Venice (probably written in 1596) set in post-Civil War DC. This adaptation juxtaposes the experiences of two DC merchants: a newly emancipated Black man and an immigrant Jew. The reading will be followed by a response from student poets from Split This Rock examining the themes explored in both plays. Q & A followed by an open mic will be available for the audience to participate to and share their poems based on these themes.

Monday, August 8, 2016
To RSVP call: 202-633-4844

Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Pl., SE
Washington, DC  20020

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