Monthly Archives: April, 2012

Banshee to Hold Special “Talk-back” Performances April 28th and May 5th!

Arthur Horowitz

After two Saturday evening performances, Theatre Banshee is proud to announce it will host a FREE talk-back to all ticket holders with guests Arthur Horowitz and David Kipen, as well as director Sean Branney and the cast of The Merchant of Venice.

Art Horowitz is chair and professor in the Theatre Department at Pomona College in Claremont. Art directs (he just completed directing a department production of Othello) and teaches classes in dramaturgy, theatre history, Shakespeare in Performance and Writing for Performance. His article, “Shylock after Auschwitz: The Merchant of Venice on the Post-Holocaust Stage—Subversion, Confrontation and Provocation,” originally published in the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory was then selected as representative of noteworthy Shakespearean scholarship and re-published in Shakespearean Criticism. His book Prospero’s ‘True Preservers’ (University of Delaware Press), analyzes post-World War II productions of The Tempest by Peter Brook, Giorgio Strehler and Yukio Ninagawa. Art authored a chapter for the forthcoming book, Waiting for Godot: Dialogues (Rodopi Press), in which he scrutinizes Didi and Gogo’s tragicomic/ symbiotic relationship. He has also worked as dramaturg on such Los Angeles area productions as Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life (collaboration between The Evidence Room and Unknown Theater), Euripides Electra (A Noise Within) and Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye, and T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral (Unknown Theater).

Former NEA director of literature David Kipen has served as book critic for both the San Francisco Chronicle and, currently, the Madeleine Brand Show on KPCC. He is the author of The Schreiber Theory: A Radical Rewrite of American Film History, and founded Libros Schmibros, a lending library & used bookshop in Boyle Heights.

Tickets for these two special talk-back performances are limited! Please make your reservation online here:

Glowing Review from the LA Times!

“…a richly cogent entertainment that honors every syllable of the Bard’s text…”

Los Angeles Times’ critic F. Kathleen Foley on “The Merchant of Venice” — read the full review here!

“The Merchant of Venice,” Theatre Banshee, 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank.  8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Ends May 13. $20. (818) 846-5323. Running time:  2 hours, 45 minutes. 

Photo: Daniel Kaemon, from left, Time Winters, Brett Mack, Barry Lynch and Kirsten Kollender. Credit: Donald Agnelli.