The Capital Jewish Museum explores the Jewish experience in the national capital region and inspires visitors to connect, reflect, and act—connect personally and collectively, reflect on the relevance of the past to today, and act on behalf of their communities and values. With its experimental spirit, the Museum connects the past to the present through thought-provoking exhibitions, dynamic programming, and creative public experiences. The Community Action Lab invites visitors to engage through hands on-activities, resources, workshops, games, and more.
Don’t miss The Villainy You Teach, an exciting performance art installation piece by theatre dybbuk, coming to DC for the first time as part of their residency in our region. Investigating Shakespeare's controversial The Merchant of Venice, The Villainy You Teach invites Museum attendees to witness an actor perform Shylock's famous "Hath not a Jew eyes" speech repeatedly over the course of most of the length of the play, reciting it dozens, if not hundreds, of times. This action is accompanied by a simultaneous performed reading of Merchant in its entirety – its words acting as the container within which Shylock's speech exists.
Visitors can stay in the space for the duration of the (approximately) 2.5 hour performance or come and go, engaging with the event in the manner in which they choose. This program is supported in part by a grant from The Covenant Foundation.
Reservations include admission to the Museum and all exhibitions.
This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Museum of Maryland which is presenting the production’s companion performance piece, The Merchant of Venice (Annotated), or In Sooth I know Not Why I am So Sad on Thursday, January 25. Learn more >
Date & Time
Fri, Jan 26, 2024 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM