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The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Charles Newell & Gabrielle Randle-Bent
Featuring Kelvin Roston, Jr as Othello

Oct 08, 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 noble general, husband, scholar, and traveler—fights for his life, right to love, and position in society. When Othello’s closest confidant objects to his actions, their brotherhood is shattered, provoking a series of tragic events for Othello and everyone around him.

Co-directors Charles Newell and Gabrielle Randle-Bent helm this theatrical examination of humanity and tragedy in Shakespeare’s fraught and famous work. Through scenic design that places audiences in the middle of the action, this telling grapples with how complex notions of race, gender, and complicity at the heart of the play’s murderous events speak to a world on the brink of change.

Special Note About Seating: Capacity for this event is limited to 80 seats per performance. Audience members will either be seated onstage or in select banks of seats in Court’s auditorium. Your seats will be assigned by the Box Office to accomodate this alternate seating configuration.

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The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice is sponsored by Bayless Family Foundation and Michael Charles Litt

Photo Kelvin Roston, Jr. by Joe Mazza.

Artistic Team