Presented by Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Ian Gallanar
Othello is a monumental and searing tragedy, with a plot driven by the destructive forces of power, pride, revenge, and prejudice. Written in about 1603, Shakespeare’s tale follows the rise to prominence and society marriage of Venice’s army general, a Moor lauded for his military prowess and service to the city. Desdemona’s father disapproves. Tensions mount when Othello’s trusted ensign, Iago, is passed over for a promotion and responds with calculated wrath.
Founding Artistic Director Ian Gallanar will direct Othello. In that challenging role is Jason B. McIntosh, a local actor who recently gave electrifying performances in Fences and in Ruined at Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre. CSC Resident Acting Company member Jose Guzman, last seen as Banquo in our best-selling Macbeth, will scorch the stage as Iago. Diane Curley, who glittered in our 2015-2016 season opener, Much Ado About Nothing, returns as Othello’s love, Desdemona.