Performance: Othello

Friday, Apr 7, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

The Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484

$15

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Othello

By William Shakespeare

Adapted and Directed by Jane F. Cox

Get ready to see Othello as you’ve never seen HER before…that’s right, HER! This contemporary adaptation finds Shakespeare’s characters transported to modern day while retaining the eloquence and vitality of the bard’s original text.

Othello is a successful Black woman who has everything: power, respect, and the love of her fair Desdemona – not to mention the contempt of the cunning, back stabbing, ladder-climbing, lago. Threatened by, and resentful of the power couples’ happiness, lago preys on Othello’s insecurities—using insidious race, class, gender and sexual warfare to poison Othello’s mind and convince her that Desdemona’s devotion is fleeting and false.

This powerful tale of prejudice, inequity, discrimination, and jealousy is full of wit and action, and a few surprises as well. So, come see the show you’ve known for all these years in a whole new light…

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