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Othello

Synopsis
A video recording of Jude Kelly’s 1997 production of Othello for the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Patrick Stewart, playing Othello, is the only white actor in an otherwise all Afro-American cast.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
13 Dec 1997

Credits

Director
Jude Kelly
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Michael Ward
Production Design
Robert Innes Hopkins
Costume
Robert Innes Hopkins
Cast
Patrick StewartOthello
Patrice JohnsonDesdemona
Ron CanadaIago
Teagle F. BougereMichael Cassio
Franchelle Stewart DornEmilia
Chad L. ColemanLodovico
Craig WallaceDuke of Venice
Darrell CareyBrabantio
George CausilMontano
Jimonn ColeRoderigo
Kate SkinnerBianca
Michael W. HowellSenator (1)
William BadgettGratiano

Additional Details

Theatre
Lansburgh, Washington, DC
Theatre company
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Plays
Othello
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Black actors; Race-reversed productions

Notes

History
The production ran 11/11/97-04/01/1998
Reviews
Craig Herndon, ‘Patrick Stewart, Interview on Othello ... inside a Murderous Mind’ in The Washington Post. (November 12 1997).
Albanese, Denise. ‘Black and White, and Dread All Over: The Shakespeare Theater’s ‘Photonegative’ Othello and the Body of Desdemona.' in Callaghan, Dympna, C. Feminist Companion to Shakespeare pp 226-47. [Argues that in casting Patrick Stewart as Othello in her production of Othello Jude Kelly portrays race as performative, thus minimising its importance].

Archive

Name

Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA)

Email
leahkim@umd.edu
Web
http://www.wapava.org External site opens in new window
Phone
(301) 405 9117
Address
James J. Taylor Collection
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742-1630

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