Shakespeare’s Othello is considered the most famous literary exploration of passion, anguish, suspicion, jealousy, betrayal and racism. This fast moving and painful look at the worst of human behavior by the “big dog of English theater” explores – in haunting dialog – how fear and jealousy can destroy the most intelligent minds and the purest of loves.
The story tells of Othello, a powerful general of the Venetian army whose life and marriage are ruined by Iago, a conniving, deceitful, and envious soldier.
Othello—unquestionably heroic despite his human flaws—is the most prominent black protagonist in early Western literature. Othello faces constant racial attacks, escalating after he marries Desdemona, a privileged white woman whose father disapproves of the union.
Even this timely and important play’s performance history has been marked by racism. “To see a real black man and a white woman kiss onstage was seen as so unacceptable to many viewers, even in early 20th century America, Othello had to be played by a white man in blackface.
Thankfully, times have changed, but not enough. The fact racism was a problem more than 400 years ago and is still a problem in today’s world is likely to be a topic of discussion on the 50-mile drive home to your vacation home-away-from home.
In the 2nd season in the Eileen and Allen Anes Theater in Cedar City, this show plays on alternating evenings – and some matinee performances – from June 28 to October 13. Tickets for Othello are available online at www.bard.org.
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