February 18

April 10, 2016

at Chicago Shakespeare 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.



Video: Director Jonathan Munby on Othello

Gallery: In Rehearsal


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The Story

Passed over for promotion, an envious Iago convinces his new general, Othello of his wife's infidelity in a twisted plot of prejudice and deceit.
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Q&A with the Director

Award winning Director Jonathan Munby returns to Chicago Shakespeare and talks about his inspiration for his modern Othello.
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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

Matt Hawkins Fight Choreographer

Bea Bosco Dramaturg

Lili-Anne Brown Assistant Director


Melissa Carlson Duke of Venice

Jessie Fisher Emilia

Fred Geyer Roderigo

Brian Grey Ensemble

Kyle Haden Ensemble

BethanyJillard Desdemona

Jame Krag Lodovico

David Lively Brabantio / Gratiano

James Vincent Meredith Othello

Michael Milligan Iago

Cody Proctor Ensemble

Marvin Quijada Ensemble

Laura Rook Bianca

Luigi Sottile Cassio

Joseph Sultani Ensemble

Max Thomas Ensemble

Bret Tuomi Montano

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