Lecture: Finding Shylock: Love and Mercy in “The Merchant of Venice”

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Apr 12, 2018


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


UCLA Law School, Room 1447
385 Charles E Young Dr. E
Los Angeles

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UCLA Law School, Room 1447

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In addition to this lecture, Alan Blumenfeld will be giving a seminar on April 14. For more information on this seminar, please visit the event page.


The lecture is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary. Light refreshments will be provided.



Alan Blumenfeld has appeared in scores of plays as a company member of Theatricum Botanicum for the past 30 years, including: Shylock in Merchant of Venice, Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor (LA Drama Critics Circle Award), Gloucester in King Lear, Cecil/Nate in Equivocation; Lavatch, in All’s Well, Matt Friedman in Talley’s Folly, and Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet.

He has also appeared in dozens of plays as a Resident Artist at A Noise Within for the past 16 years, including: Ghost of Christmas Present in Christmas Carol, Scrub in Beaux Strategem, Matamore in The Illusion, Gremio in Taming of the Shrew, Uncle Morty in Awake and Sing, Pere Ubu in Ubu Roi, and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hollywood Bowl and at the theater in Glendale.

Some of Blumenfeld’s other theater credits include: Felix/ Beaupertuis in An Italian Straw Hat, David in A Feminine Ending, and Eddie Brock in Born Yesterday at South Coast Repertory Theater, Mr. Peachum in Threepenny Opera, and Jean in Rhinoceros (Dramalogue and Garland Award) at The Odyssey Theatre, and on Broadway and in the First National Tour of Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor. He has also performed with ACT in San Francisco, Renaissance Rep in Chicago, PCPA in Santa Maria, and with the San Francisco Opera.

Blumenfeld has appeared in more than 300 guest star roles including: Fresh off the Boat, Shameless, Murder In the First, Parenthood, Arrested Development, Heroes (recurring as the Nightmare Man), among others, and in films such as: Righteous Kill, In Her Shoes, The Ring, Heartbreakers, Bob Buss in 2gether on MTV, Tin Men.