Often called Shakespeare’s most intimate tragedy, Othello is a timely play of race, politics, and the marriage bed. In A.S.P.’s modern production, Othello’s story resonates strongly with all too familiar media headlines. A young public figure on the political rise, and esteemed general in the service of Venice, Othello has recently wed Desdemona, the daughter of a senator. When he promotes Michael Cassio to be his lieutenant, the brilliant, politically ambitious, and passed over Iago is enraged and plots revenge. Othello aspires to belong to Desdemona’s world and instead becomes victim to its bigotry and his own inner demons through Iago’s keen psychological manipulation.
by William Shakespeare
directed by Judy Braha
March 10 – April 4, 2010
Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
A.S.P. Resident Company Member Jason Bowen plays the title role, Ken Cheeseman returns to play Iago, and newcomer Brooke Hardman plays Desdemona. A.S.P. Resident Company Members Paula Langton, Doug Lockwood, Bobbie Steinbach, & Michael Forden Walker, are joined by Olivia Hendrick, Cloteal Horne, Matt Ketai, Sydney Lemmon and Denise Marie to round out the cast.
The creative team for Othello is led by director, Judy Braha with Karen Krolak and Joyce Van Dyke, assisting; Tijana Bjelajac, scenic design, Nancy Leary, costume designer; Annie Weigand, lighting designer; G.W. Rodriguez, sound designer; Robert Najarian, violence designer; Tori Woodhouse, stage manager; and Jason Ries, production manager.
Photos by Stratton McCrady (tag archive).
Photos courtesy of the Actors' Shakespeare Project.