February 18

April 10, 2016

in CST's Courtyard Theater

by WIlliam Shakespeare
directed by Jonathan Munby


The Play

Fresh from Shakespeare’s Globe and Royal Shakespeare Company, renowned British director Jonathan Munby returns to Chicago to stage Shakespeare’s most intimate tragedy. In a black and white world, Othello and Desdemona fall in love, but the distinguished commander knows no maneuvers for the affairs of the heart. A stranger in a strange land, he falls under Iago’s spell, mistaking a lethal enemy for his closest ally. Here, Shakespeare excavates the most elemental of human emotions: the all-consuming passion of love—and jealousy, featuring James Vincent Meredith in the title role.


More to Explore

On Directing Shakespeare

For Jonathan Munby, language is at the forefront, always. The word comes first, but the key is unlocking the emotional truth within.
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A Scholar's Perspective

"In blaming Iago, the other characters ignore their own implication in the racial tragedy the audience has witnessed."
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Access Shakespeare

CST strives to make our facility and performances accessible to all patrons. Our staff is ready to help in any way possible.
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The Players

Creative Team

Jonathan Munby Director

Alexander Dodge Scenic Designer

Philip Rosenberg Lighting Designer

Lindsay Jones Sound Designer

Linda Cho Costume Designer

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Designer

Bea Bosco Dramaturg

Lili-Anne Brown Assistant Director

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