As one young man said to his father at the play’s close, ‘This felt real, Dad.'”
– Kathy Justice, The Independent Weekly
written by William Shakespeare
directed by Carmen-maria Mandley
February 14 – 22, 2008
Common Ground Theatre, Durham
The story of Othello is as much about the passionate and envious characters surrounding Othello as it is about the title character himself. It features one of Shakespeare’s greatest villains – Iago, a master of manipulation and lies – as well as Desdemona, one of Shakespeare’s most tragic leading ladies.
Jealousy, misguided trusts, human puppetry, and ultimately psychic chaos and madness drop us head long into the world of Othello, directed by Artistic Director Carmen-maria Mandley. This production features a live percussion ensemble led by G. Todd Buker (PROXY), and fight direction and choreography by Heather J. Hackford.
Orthello was be presented both at the Common Ground Theatre in Durham and the Holly Springs Cultural Center in Holly Springs.
Othello: Byron Jennings
Brabantio: Joyce Davis
Cassio: Kacey Reynolds
Iago: Seth Blum
Roderigo: Jeff Buckner
Duke of Venice / Bianca: Nancy Rich
Senator / Montanto: Richard Butner
Gentleman / sailor / musician / herald: Nick Fields
Clown / Sailor / Officer / attendant: Tara Pozo
Lodovico / senator: Khoa Pham
Gratiano / Senator: Sarah Schmitt
Desdemona: Heather J. Hackford
Emilia: Rebecca Blum
Musicians: G. Todd Buker, Gil Buker, Richard Butner, Khoa Pham, Nick Fields
Director: Carmen-maria Mandley
Stage Manager: Missy Dapper
Fight Choreographer: Heather J. Hackford
Props Mistress: Susan Buker
Light Designer: Andy Parks
Sound Designer: G. Todd Buker
review by Kathy Justice, Independent Weekly
review by Orla Swift, News & Observer
review by Kate Dobbs Ariail, Classical Voice of North Carolina
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