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‘Merchant of Venice’ Shakespeare Adaptation to Stream this October

‘Merchant of Venice’ Shakespeare Adaptation to Stream this October

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Ikarus Theater Collaborative is set to stream Pound of Flesh: Mga Anak ng Lupa, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, starting on October 28. 

This virtual play transports audiences to a more contemporary setting. Instead of skimming along the canals of Venice, viewers are taken to Kanlan, where the May-i (a representation of Indigenous Filipinos) and the Manileños live—unfortunately—not in harmony. The production focuses on a court trial that will ultimately determine whether justice will be served. Silak, chieftain of the May-i people, goes to a local court after a land deal gone wrong. He challenges Antonio, the governor of the region. Antonio owes Silak a pound of flesh for failing to meet his end of the bargain.

Pound of Flesh: Mga Anak ng Lupa is produced by the Ikarus Theater Collaborative, with production assistance from Tito Cosejo Jr and Roleplayers. The cast features Justin Ayran, CJ Maramara, Arielle Magno, Renzo Jimenez, Ahlex Leyva, Sandra Quintela, JP Basco, Natalia Go, Markus Aserit, and BJ Crisostomo.

Production management and editing are done by Kit Singson, production design by BJ Crisostomo and Kit Singson, and sound design by Marek Sison. It is directed by BJ Crisostomo.

The show will be accessible online from Oct 28 to November 4. Tickets can be purchased by going to www.ikarustheater.com.


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