"Othello" At Boston Theatre Works

"Driven towards discovery," Boston Theatre Works has selected "Othello" as the second production of their eighth season. The Shakespearean tragedy of jealousy and betrayal will be directed by Jason Slavick.  Performances at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre are February 16 - March 11.

Critically acclaimed Jonathan Epstein (who triumphed as Prospero in last season's "Tempest") will play Iago, Shakespeare's most complex and calculating villain.

With "Othello," Boston Theatre Works deepens its relationship with Shakespeare & Company, casting 4 primary roles directly from the Lenox-based troupe's regular line-up.

According to Artistic Director Jason Southerland, “One of Boston Theatre Works’ founding missions is to re-invigorate the classics by presenting top-notch productions. We’re thrilled to have actors of Shakespeare & Company’s caliber working as part of the BTW family. We are especially honored to have long-time Shakespearean actor Tony Molina in the title role.”

He continued, "BTW’s production marks the culmination of Epstein and Molina's relationship with the play.  The two previously workshopped it at Shakespeare & Co, but never brought it to full production. We seem to be the perfect vehicle, at the perfect time, for these actors to finally bring this relationship to life.”

Making her BTW debut as Othello’s wife Desdemona, Susannah Apgar is joined by fellow Shakespeare & Company actor Elisabeth Aspenlieder as Emilia, Iago’s wife. As Othello’s lieutenant Cassio, Trey Burvant returns to Boston Theatre Works where he originated a supporting role in "Bug."

In addition to the scheduled performances, the company will present a day-long "Othello" Symposium on Sunday, February 26, from 11 a.m. to  6 p.m. OTHELLO TODAY: Contemporary Thoughts On A Classic Play, will include panel discussions with noted theater scholars and artists, luncheon, tickets to the Sunday matinee performance and a post-show discussion with cast members.

For tickets and information, stop by the BU Theatre Box Office (264 Huntington Avenue), the Calderwood Pavilion Box Office (571 Tremont Street), call 617-933-8600 or visit  www.bostontheatrescene.com.

-- OnStage Boston


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