Orson Welles (who would have turned 100 years old this year) accomplished more by the age of 30 than most of us will in a lifetime. His remarkable life and career soared from dizzying highs to heartbreaking lows, but amidst all his prodigious achievement, one character consistently eluded him: the character of "Shylock" from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. This new and highly original "Docu-Fantasy Radio Play" tells the story of Welles' many unsuccessful attempts to play the role and the surprising and haunting ways that his life overlapped with the character. Told largely from surviving quotes, interviews, and reviews, this fast, funny, and frustrating new tragicomedy gives a fresh new look at this extraordinary artist and the character that always
remained just out of his reach.
Orson Welles/Shylock premiered at the Columbia Festival of the Arts in Maryland, and had performances at Le Moyne College and at the “Shylock Project” Summer School and Conference in Italy. It has been invited for future productions, tours, and to perform in Venice as part of the commemorative celebrations surrounding the
first-ever production of Merchant of Venice to be staged in the Venetian Jewish Ghetto.
The Buzz from the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival....
"Run don't walk to #OrsonWelles/Shylock great drama, brilliant writing, 3 shows left. #Fringe2016 @Toronto_Fringe #OWSFringeFest" - @catfish8888
"@WellesShylock has imported one of the most tightly devised pieces of theatre I have seen in a long time. #FringeBites #FringeTO" - @Rebels Theatre
"Had the absolute PRIVILEGE of seeing @WellesShylock at the Toronto Fringe today. Beautifully written, beautifully executed. Must see." -@LA_Bate
"#OrsonWelles/Shylock was absolutely amazing!!! @Toronto_Fringe. #Fringebites" -@MooseandMoa
"Check out @nowtoronto's print issue today for my @Toronto_Fringe reviews...and find out why you need to go see @WellesShylock right now!" - @SilverbergDave
"See OrsonWellesShylock! It is beautiful, amazing, and totally fascinating!! @Toronto_Fringe @WellesShylock" -@GlacityT
"At #Fringe2016 & saw the PHENOMENAL @WellesShylock - there are 3 performances left, you MUST see this! So good! #FringeBites #OWSFringefest" -@Readaboutlife
"@WellesShylock Outstanding show at Toronto @Toronto_Fringe. A must see to everyone #Fringe2016 #FringeTO #Fringebuzz" -@rgnivala
"@Toronto_Fringe @WellesShylock we just saw your show and it was outstanding! Beyond expectations! I am content #Fringe2016" -@Poorhouseplays
"The man. The ego. The outsider. Orson Welles meets Shylock in the compelling docu-fantasy #OWSFringeFest #FringeTO #FringeBites" -@lifemorecowbell
"Saw one of the best show I've seen in a very very long time last night at Fringe. @WellesShylock." -@Dan_Abramovic