District Merchants

Performance Dates

Love and litigation, deep passions, and predatory lending are grappled with in this uneasy comedy, which wades fearlessly into the endless complexities and contradictions of life in America. Set among the Black and Jewish populations in post-Civil War Washington, D.C., where passions simmer and societies realign, District Merchants is a remarkable tale of money, merchandise, and mercy. World premiere event commissioned by Folger Theatre and written by Helen Hayes Award-winner Aaron Posner (Stupid F---ing Bird) and directed by Michael John Garces.

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
160 minutes



Creative Team

Set Designer
Costume Designer
Sound Designer
Lighting Designer
Adapted By
Adapted From
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
Roy Gross, Production Stage Manager
Michelle Osherow, Resident Dramaturg