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My View: Trump Shows Up At Shakespeare & Co. And They Keep Him In A Box!

My View: Trump Shows Up At Shakespeare & Co. And They Keep Him In A Box!

Donald J. Trump had a “cameo” role of sorts in the opening night production of The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare & Co. last night.  I guess I’m not giving away the plot surrounding The Donald’s appearance being that the play was written in 1596-99, so here’s how it happened.  There was a contest for the hand of Portia, and her various suitors were asked to select from three boxes.  The correct selection contained the entitlement to marry her.  The Gold casket had the inscription, “Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire”.  The silver, “Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves”. The lead casket warns that the person who chooses it must give and risk everything he has.  You will have to buy a ticket to this stirring roller coaster Tina Packer directed production to find out which box the “presumptive” nominee’s photo was in.   It was a Gala evening as one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country celebrated with a fabulous dinner and dance following the opening night performance of The Merchant of Venice.  The play runs through August 21st.

(For another article by Stephen & complete photo coverage of this event go to (Broadwayworld.com)

Stephen Sorokoff & Donal Trump

Stephen Sorokoff & Donald Trump

Tina Packer, director

Tina Packer, director

Ariel Bock & Jonathan Croy, co-artistic directors

Ariel Bock & Jonathan Croy, co-artistic directors

Ken Werner, Chair Board of Trustees

Ken Werner, Chair Board of Trustees

Kevin G. Coleman, Education Director

Kevin G. Coleman, Education Director

Eric Avari, Betsy Lee Workman, Reid White, Gwendolyn Schinke, Miles Anderson, Bella Merlin, Eda Sorokoff, Michael Fuchs, Elizabeth Aspenlieder

Eric Avari, Betsy Lee Workman, Reid White, Gwendolyn Schinke, Miles Anderson, Bella Merlin, Eda Sorokoff, Michael Fuchs, Elizabeth Aspenlieder

Leslie Jerome, Stephen Sorokoff, Eda Sorokoff, Steve Jerome

Leslie Jerome, Stephen Sorokoff, Eda Sorokoff, Steve Jerome

Richard Grausman & Eda Sorokoff

Richard Grausman & Eda Sorokoff

Curtain Call, The Merchant of Venice

Curtain Call, The Merchant of Venice

Tina Packer & Eda Sorokoff

Tina Packer & Eda Sorokoff

Shakespeare & Company Opening Night Gala, The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare & Company
Opening Night Gala, The Merchant of Venice

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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