William Shakespeare’s OTHELLO

by Patricia Bradford

Curio Theatre Continues 10th Anniversary Season with
William Shakespeare’s Othello February 12-March 14

PHILADELPHIA– Curio Theatre Company kicks off 2015 with an intimate and in-your-face version of William Shakespeare’s Othello. The show runs February 12-March 14 at Curio’s Corner Stage. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, at 8 p.m. Opening Night is Friday, February 20 at 8 p.m. The show will be performed at Curio’s home space at the Calvary Center for Culture and Community, 4740 Baltimore Avenue. Tickets cost $15-$25 and are available online at www.curiotheatrecompany.org or by phone at 215-525-1350.

Directed by Dan Hodge (co-founding artistic director of The Philadelphia Artists’ Collective), this version of Othello will be raw. Hodge’s vision for the show will be intimate and without spectacle. He is letting the actors and Shakespeare’s words showcase this epic classic of jealousy, passion, ambition, and betrayal. This astonishing epic of sweeping passions and murderous ambition is a thrilling meditation on the power of love and the destructiveness of suspicion, all triggered by one of literature’s most seductively manipulative villains: Iago.

“Doing Othello in a smaller space is a gift, because it allows us to strip away the sense of grandeur that can distance us from the play and we can engage with the characters as people. This is Shakespeare’s most domestic tragedy, and it is a true pleasure to invest in the subtle human elements that make it resonate with us today,” said Hodge about his ideas for this production.

Brian McCann is cast as Iago with Steven Wright playing Othello. Isa St. Clair is cast as Desdemona. Paul Kuhn is playing Roderigo, Eric Scotolati is playing Cassio, Steve Carpenter is playing Duke/Montano, and Bob Weick is playing Brabantio. Rachel Gluck is cast as Emilia and Colleen Hughes is Bianca.
The set is designed by Curio Theatre Company Artistic Director Paul Kuhn. Tim Martin is designing the lights. Dan Ison is the Sound Designer. Aetna Gallagher is Costume Designer. Kathleen Soltan is the Stage Manager.

Photo by Kyle Cassidy

Theater/Organization CURIO THEATRE COMPANY
Theater/Organization Website: http://www.curiotheatre.org

Theater/Organization Address: 815 S.48th Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19143 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (215)525-1350

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