Other Plays by Mark Leiren-Young
Leiren-Young, Mark (Canadian playwright, 1962-____), “Shylock,”
an 80-minute bare-stage drama in English set tomorrow, after a performance,
© 1996 by Mark Leiren-Young;
• in Mark Leiren-Young’s Shylock (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: The Author, 1996);
• script/rights available from Mark Leiren-Young, Suite 129, #101-1001 W. Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6H 4E4, telephone (home) 604-875-0048, fax 604-879-6048, e-mail email@example.com.
• Cited by Joan Watterson, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, June 5, 1997.
Jon Davies (m), __, a Jewish actor.
“Either on a set appropriate to a production of The Merchant of Venice or in front of a bare stage, Jon Davies, having just finished his performance as Shylock, enters through the set or in front of the curtain. Yet in full Shylock costume and makeup, he addresses the audience in a post-show talkback session. This production of Merchant has just been cancelled. Jon tells how the community-theatregoers, media, academics, even his own artistic director-decided that the portrayal of Jews in Merchant is anti-Semitic and that the play is dangerous. Jon, himself Jewish, introduces several characters in the story. He recounts conversations about the drama, including those with several members of the company-such as one with his assistant director, Tony Q. Fulford (whose reaction to Jon's desire to play Othello is one of many fine comic moments in the play)-and he recounts conversations with Professor Marsha T. Berman, who leads the crusade to have the production cancelled and Jon publicly condemned for his portrayal of Shylock. He also describes his history as an actor and his love of Shakespeare, beginning in boyhood, when sick with measles, he began reading the plays out of sheer boredom. He says, 'Somehow I managed to understand the story because about midnight on day four-as Lear cradled his poor, lifeless Cordelia in his arms-I began to cry.'
• “'Shylock' is a one-man, one-act play about an actor condemned for his 'negative' portrayal of Shakespeare's notorious Jew. Shylock looks at tough issues-racism, identity, censorship, and the age-old question, "Is art dangerous?" His tales of Shakespearean censorship and literary censorship through the ages makes the audience aware that someone always has tried to decide what is good for everyone else to see and read. Shylock is a thought-provoking, funny, and honest look at art and identity."
• “Mark Leiren-Young has written for almost every medium, in almost every genre. Mark’s comic memoir, Never Shoot a Stampede Queen -- Adventures of a Rookie Reporter, just won the 2009 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. The book is currently in its 16th week on the BC Bestseller’s list. His award-winning first feature film, The Green Chain, (which he wrote, directed and produced) is currently playing in Canadian theatres and is released by Kinosmith. His award-winning short comedy film, The Green Film, (Gold Remi, WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival) is currently playing festivals around the world. Mark was a story editor and writer for the Lifetime TV series Blood Ties. He has also written for The Collector, Psi Factor, the CBC documentary series Life and Times and a lot of very cool cartoons and kid’s shows including - ReBoot; Transformers: Beast Wars, Ace Lightning, Class of the Titans, Pucca, Stickin’ Around and YTV’s new hit series. RollBots. A lifelong comic book fan, he has also written scripts for a new hour long live action drama in development with No Equal Entertainment, based on the Marvel comic superhero, Moon Knight. Mark toured Canada as half of the satirical duo, Local Anxiety, and wrote, produced and co-starred in the TV comedy special, Greenpieces for VTV/Green Channel/PBS - which received an EarthVision Award for, “Excellence in Environmental Programming.” Local Anxiety’s new CD - Greenpieces -- is being released this July. Local Anxiety’s music is available on iTunes. An award-winning journalist, Mark has written for such publications as Time Magazine, Maclean’s and The Utne Reader and he’s a regular contributor to The Georgia Straight and The Tyee. Mark hosts a Green Chain podcast series for Canada’s top on-line -- The Tyee dealing with forestry issues and the environment." —leiren-young.com, http://www.leiren-young.com/, accessed September 13, 2009.
• Page mounted June 5, 1997, updated January 24, 1999, September 13, 2009, by the site Webmaster.
acting, art, censorship, identity, Jewish, Merchant of Venice, racism, Shakespeare (William Shakespeare, English poet, dramatist, 1564-1616), Shylock.