Othello at The New American Shakespeare Tavern



$15 Previews October 3 and 4

Runs October 5 to November 3, 2013

Directed by Laura Cole

Whispers … laughter … a false friend … and one dainty handkerchief spell ruin for the great and powerful Othello. Is it his love for a woman that is his downfall or is it his own fierce jealousy? Iago … Desdemona … Othello … a handkerchief … a pillow … a forceful production you must see.

A part of The Shakespeare Evolution Series: The Tragedies
Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday October 13 after the show!

Othello, the Moor – Victor Love*

Desdemona, Othello’s wife – Jennifer Alice Acker

Iago, Othello’s ensign – Andrew Houchins*

Cassio, Othello’s Lieutenant – Daniel Parvis

Emilia, Iago’s wife – Kati Grace Brown

Bianca, Cassio’s lover – Sarah Newby Halicks

Brabantio, a Venetian senator – J. Tony Brown *

Roderigo, a dissolute Venetian – Matt Nitchie

Duke of Venice – Bobby Labartino

Gratiano, Brabantio’s brother – Adam King

Lodovico, Brabantio’s kinsman – Bobby Labartino

Montano – Chris Rushing

Senators – Kody Brown, Ralph Del Rosario

Servants – Kati Grace Brown, Ralph Del Rosario

Officers – J. Tony Brown *, Kody Brown (Guard)

Gentlemen – Bobby Labartino, Adam King, Kody Brown

Messenger – Adam King

Soldiers – Adam King, Ralph Del Rosario

Attendants – J. Tony Brown *, Sarah Newby Halicks, Ralph Del Rosario

Montano Understudy – Ralph Del Rosario

Cassio Understudy – Chris Rushing

Othello Synopsis

from The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin

Iago, ensign to the Moorish general Othello, in the service of the Venetian republic, is a man inwardly malevolent and envious, outwardly an honest soldier. Resolved, for his own reasons, to revenge himself upon Othello, he begins one midnight in Venice by getting Roderigo – Desdemona’s foolish suitor – to rouse her father with the news that Othello has stolen her. Brabantio at once accuses Othello at the Duke’s hastily convened council which is considering a threatened Turkish attack on Cyprus; but the Moor’s tale of his wooing, and Desdemona’s testimony, persuade all the senators except Brabantio himself. Othello is dispatched to govern Cyprus with his new lieutenant Cassio (of whom Iago is feverishly jealous), Desdemona following them with Iago and his wife Emilia.

The Turkish fleet has been dispersed in a tempest by the time the travelers reach Cyprus (Roderigo, still pursing Desdemona, is also there). On a night of celebration Cassio, who at Iago’s prompting has drunk unwisely, is involved in a brawl and disgraced. At Iago’s suggestion Cassio implores Desdemona to plead his cause; Othello, already distressed by Iago’s hints at infidelity, grows progressively inflamed. Iago makes diabolical play with a handkerchief (Othello’s gift) that Desdemona has dropped and that he ensures Cassio will unwittingly find.

When Othello is overwhelmed by the falsehood that Desdemona is untrue, Iago arranges other “proof”, Othello swears to kill her; and envoys from Venice, who have come to recall him, leaving Cassio as governor, are horrified to see him strike his wife. Iago urges Roderigo to murder Cassio, and when the effort fails, stabs the dupe to death. Othello smothers Desdemona in her bed; Emilia, rousing the citadel, tells the truth about Iago, confirmed when in desperation he kills her. Whereupon Othello stabs himself, Iago is borne off to torture and Cassio rules in Cyprus.

Performance days & times:
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 6:30 p.m..
10 a.m. most Tuesday and Wednesdays.

Ticket Prices:

Seating areas: Main Floor Seats, Box Seats (on floor) and Balcony Seats


Regular Ticket Prices:

Thurs night:

All regular (non-preview) Thursday shows are $20 for adults and $15 for students

Friday night:

Main: $32

Box: $26

Balcony: $22

Saturday night:

Main: $36

Box: $30

Balcony: $24

Sunday night:

Main: $28

Box: $22

Balcony: $15

An 8% sales tax is added on top of all purchases made at The Shakespeare Tavern.

Discount Ticket Options: $15 for Previews (unless otherwise noted);.

Student/Educator prices: $5 off per price level per night except in the Balcony on Thursdays and Sundays.

Not valid on Saturday nights.

$14 for 10am matinees.

$3 off for Military, Seniors, Groups of 10 or more, except in the Balcony on Thursdays and Sundays.

Promotional discount offers are not valid closing weekend of a performance.

Purchase Tickets Online for most performances at www.shakespearetavern.com

For information on:

The Shakespeare Club Program and Flex Pass: call or email The Tavern Box Office at 404.874.5299 or boxoffice@shakespearetavern.com or visit our website at http://www.shakespearetavern.com/

Education Programs and Workshops: call or email Laura Cole, Education Director at 404-874-5299, X58 or laura@shakespearetavern.com

Volunteer Opportunities: call or email Suzanne Mercer, Volunteer Coordinator at

404-874-5299, X59 or suzanne@shakespearetavern.com

Accessibility and The Shakespeare Tavern: The Shakespeare Tavern is handicapped accessible. Please let the box office know if you have any special needs that we should be aware of in order to make your Shakespeare Tavern experience the very best we can. Our handicapped entrance ramp/parking is located directly behind our building. Once you turn onto Renaissance Parkway from Peachtree   Street, you will turn right onto Courtland Street. The Tavern’s back entrance will be immediately on your right once you clear the building on the corner and the traffic poles. The turn comes up quickly, so please drive slowly. Handicapped parking is directly in front of the ramp, behind our building.                              

Location: The New American Shakespeare Tavern is located at 499 Peachtree Street, NE, just four blocks south of The Fox Theater and directly across the street from Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Parking: In the evening, we recommend parking in the Emory University Hospital Midtown Parking Deck located directly across the street from the front doors of The Shakespeare Tavern on Peachtree Street. Regular parking price is $5.
DO NOT park on Pine Street or in the empty parking lots on Pine   Street. Your car might be booted if you park in these lots.

Food and Beverage Service: The Tavern opens one hour and fifteen minutes before the performance for food and beverage service. Chef for a Night provides a British-pub-style menu for dinner. The Tavern has a beer, wine, coffee, tea, and soft drink bar that serves Bass and Guinness on tap.

Seating and Box Office: Seating is done on a “first come, first served” basis within each designated section. Table seating is limited however all seats can accommodate food and beverages. For reservations or more information, call or email The Tavern Box Office at 404.874.5299 or boxoffice@shakespearetavern.com or order tickets on-line at http://www.shakespearetavern.com/