February 18

April 10, 2016

at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

by WIlliam Shakespeare
directed by Jonathan Munby

Highly Recommended…A blistering Othello finds new intensity in this utterly faithful, endlessly revelatory production.

Chicago Sun-Times

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The Play

Othello, the brilliant general, is admired and envied by his men and passionately in love with his beautiful young wife. But when he promotes the highborn Cassio over Iago, the die is cast. Enraged, Iago stealthily goes for the kill—lying, manipulating and finally convincing Othello that Desdemona has been unfaithful. Sexual jealousy, envy, misplaced pride and prejudice—this riveting tragedy smolders with timeless issues. Fresh from Shakespeare’s Globe and Royal Shakespeare Company, internationally renowned director Jonathan Munby returns to Chicago to stage one of the greatest psychological thrillers ever written with celebrated actor James Vincent Meredith in the title role.



Video: Othello Montage

Gallery: On Stage

Video: Director Jonathan Munby on Othello


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Critical Acclaim

"★★★★ (of 4) Profound…amazing night in the theater. The details in the set are exquisite. The ensemble work here is magical."
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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

Bethany Jillard Desdemona

James 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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