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The Merchant of Venice: Annotated

The Dybbukast, Season 4, Episode 3: The Merchant of Venice: Annotated

Season 4, Episode 3

Dr. Jennifer Wells, former Assistant Professor of History and International Affairs at the George Washington University, takes us through the social, economic, and political landscape of Elizabethan England as Aaron Henne, the writer and director of our latest work, The Merchant of Venice (Annotated), or In Sooth I Know Not Why I Am So Sadand artistic director of theatre dybbuk, illuminates that history's impact on our interpretation of Shakespeare's Merchant.


This episode is presented in collaboration with the George Washington University Department of History


This is the third and final episode in our series connected to concepts that intersect with The Merchant of Venice (Annotated), or In Sooth I Know Not Why I Am So Sad. That production combines text from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice with Elizabethan history and news from 2020 to the present. In doing so, it seeks to illuminate how, during times of upheaval, some people may place blame for their anxieties on an “other.”

Read the transcription for "The Merchant of Venice: Annotated."


Hosted by Aaron Henne

Scholarship provided by Jennifer Wells, JD/PhD

Edited by Gregory Scharpen

Story editing for the podcast by Julie A. Lockhart with Aaron Henne

Featuring the voices of Joe Jordan, Adam Lebowitz-Lockard, Julie A. Lockhart, Diana Tanaka, and Inger Tudor

Theme music composed by Michael Skloff and produced by Sam K.S.

Transcription by Dylan Southard

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