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The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Charles Newell & Gabrielle Randle-Bent

Oct 07, 2021 — Nov 21, 2021

“Of all Shakespeare’s great tragedies, none feel as personal as that of the Moor of Venice.” -Chicago Tribune

Othello, the great Venetian general, unknowingly seals his fate when he fails to select his standard-bearer, Iago, for a military promotion. When his wife, Desdemona, is implicated in an affair, Othello is faced with a series of irreversible events that spell catastrophe for him and his country. Kelvin Roston, Jr. (Oedipus Rex, King Hedley II) returns to Court to star in this intimate new take on Shakespeare’s complex tragedy about jealousy, ego, and betrayal. Directors Charles Newell and Gabrielle Randle-Bent and their team will rigorously interrogate how identity is constructed along personal, racial, and political lines.

A digital version will be available to stream for patrons who do not yet wish to attend in person.

Sponsored by Michael Charles Litt.

Court Theatre remains committed to following all government guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic in order to maintain the safety of our artists, staff, and patrons. To that end, dates and programming are subject to change based on rights acquisition, pandemic conditions, and other developments in order to remain responsive to evolving circumstances. As in-person gatherings are currently scheduled to resume in February of 2021, we will communicate information about enhanced cleaning and safety protocols to ensure everyone’s safety at Court Theatre.

Photo of Kelvin Roston Jr. by Joe Mazza.

Artistic Team