The two works — starring the Academy Award winner — run in repertory at The Duke on 42nd Street. Darko Tresnjak directs Abraham as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, which began previews Jan. 6 for a run through March 11. David Herskovits staged The Jew of Malta with the actor as Barabas, which runs through March 10. On opening night, The Jew of Malta performed at 2 PM and The Merchant of Venice at 7:30 PM.
Kate Forbes (All's Well That Ends Well, Sight Unseen) also stars as Portia in the Shakespeare and Bellamira in the Marlowe. The 14-member company also includes Kenajuan Bentley, Arnie Burton, Cameron Folmar, Ezra Knight, John Lavelle, Nicole Lowrance, Vince Nappo, Tom Nelis, Saxon Palmer, Matthew Schneck, Christen Simon and Marc Vietor.
At left (from top): F. Murray Abraham and his wife, Kate; director Darko Tresnjak; John Lavelle and Christen Simon; director David Herskovits; Arne Burton and Saxon Palmer; Laila Robins and Kate Forbes; Kenajuan Bentley and Ezra Knight; Matthew Schneck and Nicole Lowrance; Eunice Wong and Chris Hedges.
photos by Aubrey Reuben