The Merchant of Venice

SIST presented The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Directed by Mitchell Maglio on July 8, 9, 15, and 16, 2022 at Snug Harbor’s RCSF Tuscan Garden on Staten Island.

There is no denying that a current of humanity’s history of racism, antisemitism, and the persecution of “others” continues to flow today into dark, oppressive reservoirs of hatred. SIST’s production of The Merchant of Venice will be performed in Renaissance period, inside the beauty of the Tuscan Garden, and will retain the contrasting ugliness of antisemitic prejudice against the character of Shylock. 

As with all our productions of Shakespeare’s works, we seek to create and hold aloft a mirror to our contemporary audiences and hope it inspires them to consider the effects of antisemitism, racism, and persecution in today’s world.


Amanda Rose Benjamin, Mona Bruno, Brittany Daniels, Jack Dawson, Justin Giachetti, Alexandra Gullo, Michael Anne Hoffert-Cone, James Jagiello, Abby McNulty, Gary Moore, Meg Oikawa, Matt Provenzano, Tom Scherbenko, Hannah Simpson, Brandy Thomas, Israel Wasserstein

Directed by: Mitch Maglio
Assistant Director: Frank Williams
Stage Manager: Nikita Chernin
Assistant Stage Manager: Autumn Philips
Sound Engineer: Alexandra Popick
Lighting Design: Nick Diaz
Graphic Art: Christopher J. Sorrentino
Producers: Cara S. Liander and Frank Williams