Othello
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Lisa Wolpe
February 23 - March 23, 2008

Shakespeare's terrifying story of passion, jealousy, and brutal murder, set in '30s Fascist Italy, becomes a fascinting exploration of race, gender, power and politics.  With an all-female ensemble playing both men and women, headed by Fran Bennett as Othello and Lisa Wolpe as Iago, this powerful production promises to crack open the classic text as "jealousy, the green-eyed monster doth mock the meat it feeds on..."

A co-production with Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company.

 

Featuring Kimberleigh Aarn, Cynthia Beckert, Fran Bennett, Linda Bisesti, Mary Cobb, Nell Geisslinger, Kate Roxburgh, Katrinka Wolfson, Lisa Wolpe

Understudies Celeste Den, Katherine Griffith, Kellynn Jones, Veralyn Jones, Katharine Leonard, Kara Revel, Lisa Tharps

Scenic Design Susan Gratch

Costume Design Soojin Lee

Lighting Design Jaymi Lee Smith

Sound Design Kari Rae Seekins

Prop Design Robyn Taylor

Fight Choreography Edgar Landa

Choreography Cynthia Beckert

Hair/Make-up Design Mary Trahey

Assistant Directors Edgar Landa, Natsuko Ohama

Casting Director Raul Staggs

Production Stage Manager Rachel Myles

Publicist Aldrich & Associates

Production Photographer Ed Krieger 

Artfully conceived and psychologically astute…consistently interesting.  This is an Othello to savor.”   -Variety

“Impressive”   -LA Weekly

“This partnership is an elixir of the purest theatricality…exceptional.”   -Backstage West

“Splendid…[with] an extra dimension.”   -Talkin’ Broadway

“Standout.”   -LA Times

A work of art…it would do any audience good to get past gender and appreciate a good performance.  Now’s your chance.”   -Pasadena Star News­

“Sharp, fascinating.”   -Random Lengths

“The story is a familiar one, but this time the relationships are so clearly defined, and the language so well-rendered, that we’re bound and astonished to find a superbly new perspective on an old story…what a wonderful experience.”   -Park LaBrea News/Beverly Press

Masterful…both accessible and entertaining to a casual theatre-goer.  Through wonderful use of visuals and the fine performances, Othello follows through as a wonderful night at the theatre.”   -PCC Courier

“Unbelievable…the acting was superb.”   -Goldstar Patron Reviews

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