Shakespeare Marathon – Catawba College

Catawba College presents Othello on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 6 pm, in NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC.

DIRECTOR : Melissa Tarduno

Othello – Reshaud Brown
Desdemona – Summer Eubanks
Iago – Collette Simkins
Michael Cassio – Daniel Morrison
Emilia – Caitlin Billings
Rodrigo – Chris Lange
Bianca – Samantha Myers
Barbantio – George Glass
Duke of Venice – Amy Kimbrough
Gratiano – Nicky Vassello
Montano – TBD
Lodovico – TBD
Clown – TBD

ABOUT THE PLAY:  In Venice, at the start of Othello, the soldier Iago announces his hatred for his commander, Othello, a Moor. Othello has promoted Cassio, not Iago, to be his lieutenant.

Iago crudely informs Brabantio, Desdemona’s father, that Othello and Desdemona have eloped. Before the Venetian Senate, Brabantio accuses Othello of bewitching Desdemona. The Senators wish to send Othello to Cyprus, which is under threat from Turkey. They bring Desdemona before them. She tells of her love for Othello, and the marriage stands. The Senate agrees to let her join Othello in Cyprus.

In Cyprus, Iago continues to plot against Othello and Cassio. He lures Cassio into a drunken fight, for which Cassio loses his new rank; Cassio, at Iago’s urging, then begs Desdemona to intervene. Iago uses this and other ploys—misinterpreted conversations, insinuations, and a lost handkerchief—to convince Othello that Desdemona and Cassio are lovers. Othello goes mad with jealousy and later smothers Desdemona on their marriage bed, only to learn of Iago’s treachery. He then kills himself.

Folger Shakespeare Library. “Othello.” Folger Shakespeare Library. n.d. Web. April 1, 2016.