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Any modern production of Othello raises questions, and hackles. The play’s almost unbearable emotional power is entangled for any audience—both Shakespeare’s and our own—with the sometimes intractable social and historical questions of race, religion, gender, and more. In Public Shakespeare Presents: SPEAK OF ME AS I AM: OTHELLO ON STAGE, a lively, in-depth discussion with selected readings from the play by a panel of scholars and artists will grapple with the fraught heart and history of this deeply challenging, astonishing and enduring work. Has its troubled production history rendered it unplayable—or indeed, unwatchable—for a contemporary audience? Or is the play more moving, more disturbing, and more essential than ever? Panelists will include Columbia University's James Shapiro, George Washington University's Ayanna Thompson and cast members from this summer's Delacorte production, including Heather Lind (Desdemona), Corey Stoll (Iago), Alison Wright (Emilia), and Motell Foster (Roderigo) reading the role of Othello.Click here to read a synopsis of OTHELLO.
Public Shakespeare Presents: SPEAK OF ME AS I AM: OTHELLO ON STAGEMonday, May 14 at 7pmWith Motell Foster, Heather Lind, James Shapiro, Corey Stoll, Ayanna Thompson, and Alison Wright
Season support provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.
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