Written at the height of Shakespeare’s creativity, Othello explores the tragedy of a love destroyed by jealousy. Provoked by the treacherous Iago’s lies, Othello begins to mistrust his loyal bride, Desdemona. As his suspicions rise, Othello collapses under the weight of his self-doubt, eventually destroying his once-happy marriage. With poetry rivaling King Lear and with the psychological depth of Hamlet, Shakespeare constructs a highly charged tale of prejudice, revenge and the destruction of innocence. Artistic Director Michael Kahn directs, with Avery Brooks as Othello and Patrick Page as Iago.
“! Kahn’s penetrating direction reels you in. It’s so fresh, you feel you are hearing and seeing Shakespeare’s drama for the first time.”
Susan Davidson, The Washingtonian
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