The Morning Call, Thursday, July 21, 2005
Article by Myra Yellin Outwater, arts writer, provides a look at New York actor Ken Jennings, who plays Shylock, the controversial Jewish moneylender, in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's production of "The Merchant of Venice," which runs until August 7. Jennings, who has appeared in "Grand Hotel," "Side Show" and "Urinetown," earned a Drama Desk Award for his role of Tobias in "Sweeney Todd." For his role as Shylock, Jennings decided to wear a yarmulke every day because he "wanted to what it felt like to be part of a minority." Jennings says Shakespeare did not write an anti-Semitic play, although many characters in it are anti-Semitic. Director Bob Moss does not see Shylock as a villain, but as a human being who has been treated horribly.
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