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With audacious humor and bold inventiveness, Aaron Posner (SCR’S The Tempest) takes The Merchant of Venice from its Shakespearean setting to post-civil war Washington, D.C., with hints at life in America today. In the complex and contradictory worlds of blacks, whites, Jews, and Christians, money changes hands with dangerously high stakes, philanthropic acts mask blatant opportunism and would-be lovers hide—and then uncover—their differences. While love gets a chance, does hope remain for a just and kind tomorrow?