AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER PERFORMANCE OF OTHELLO TO BE STAGED
NYS Writers Institute, November 7, 2013
Jim Warren, the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the American Shakespeare Center, directs the production of Othello. Players include Fernando Lamberty (Othello), Stephanie Holladay Earl (Desdemona), Rick Blunt (Iago), and Bridget Rue (Iago’s Wife).
Eric Minton of the Shakespeare “fansite,” Shakespearances.com, took notes on audience reactions to the current touring version of Othello: “[A woman sitting in the audience next to the reviewer] was shedding real tears, her restrained sniffles finally giving way to a flood. Nearby, another woman stared, her face ashen as the blood drained except for the lines of red forming at the edges of her eyes. The rest was silence— in the audience... When a production of William Shakespeare’s Othello attains this level of intensity in the audience, it has succeeded.”
Based in Staunton, Virginia, the American Shakespeare Center recovers the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education. The Center has become a cultural treasure for Virginia and an international resource for scholars and students of all ages.
Othello is presented by UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center in conjunction with the New York State Writers Institute. Support is also provided by the UAlbany Foundation and University Auxiliary Services.
For additional information, contact the Writers Institute at 518-442-5620 or online at http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst.