Elements Theatre Company Announces Livestream of “Pound of Flesh Program” at the Elaine and Zollie Frank Theater at the Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center, Skokie, IL

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Public Is Invited to Performance of Shakespeare’s THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Followed by a Panel Discussion on Our Culture’s View of “The Other” as It Relates to Prejudice, Injustice and Assimilation

Bassanio (Christopher Kanaga) and Antonio (James Bocock) in Merchant of Venice

Tony Award-winning actress Julie Harris said of Elements, "Experience this unique company for yourself. You will not be disappointed."

Elements Theatre Company of Orleans, Mass., a resident theater company under the direction of Sister Danielle Dwyer whose core mission is to educate and illuminate through the arts, brings its 2015 touring program to Chicago February 15-23. The company will present Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in five performances at various venues throughout the city and lead related workshops, talk-backs and panel discussions on our culture’s view of “The Other.”View Photo Album

In the series, titled “A Pound of Flesh: Exploring Qualities of Mercy when Encountering the Other,” noted religious leaders, artists and scholars will examine the background and motivation of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and consider the impact of his persecution on his own choices and on society at large. They will also consider this framework when discussing the greater implications of bigotry and persecution as they relate to prejudice, injustice, and assimilation. One key question is this: can an extreme response to being perceived as “The Other” be prevented by adopting the qualities of mercy in our behavior and culture? View complete media kit here.

Co-presenters of “A Pound of Flesh” are the Elaine and Zollie Frank Theater at the Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center; Chicago Theological Seminary; KAM Isaiah Israel Synagogue; Chicago Public Library; and Dominican University. Guest panelists and speakers are Rabbi Niles Goldstein, Center for Interfaith Engagement; Rev. Lillian Daniel, First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn; Michael Shapiro, Loyola University; Rabbi Evan Moffic, Congregation Solel; Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ, Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House; Danielle Dwyer, CJ, Elements Theatre Company; Rabbi Fred Reeves, KAM Isaiah Israel Synagogue; Manya Brachear Pashman, Chicago Tribune; and Niala Boodhoo, Host of The Afternoon Shift, WBEZ.

Tickets for the general public range from $20-$30. All programs are free for students. Tickets and a complete, updated calendar of events may be found at http://elements-events.org/. Tickets and reservations may also be purchased by calling the Elements Box Office at 800-319-7809.

To view our recent panel discussions at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center and East 13th Street Theatre, home of Classic Stage Company, click here.

About Elements Theatre Company
Elements Theatre Company, under the direction of Sister Danielle Dwyer, is a resident ensemble of sixteen artists dedicated to exploring the vitality of the written word and the deepest truths within the text. Through dramatic storytelling and imaginative stagecraft, Elements approaches both classic and modern works with honesty and authenticity. Founded in 1992, Elements Theatre Company is part of Gloriæ Dei Artes Foundation, a non-profit arts organization based in Orleans, Mass. Operating year-round, Elements performs three or four shows each year on Cape Cod in addition to touring extensively, presenting workshops and performing at conferences, schools and churches.

About Elements’ Artistic Director, Danielle Dwyer, CJ
A founding member of Elements Theatre Company, Sister Danielle Dwyer has either directed or performed in nearly seventy productions since the company’s inception. Classically trained but also skilled in contemporary drama, Sr. Danielle earned her Master of Arts Degree from England’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of London. She also studied voice, acting, and writing with Joanna Weir at Central School of Speech and Drama (London, England); David Male of Cambridge University (Cambridge, England); and Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA); and studied Shakespeare at the Stella Adler Studio in New York City.

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