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all-female OTHELLO: The Moor of Venice
Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted by Lisa Wolpe
Directed by Vanessa Morosco
Starring Debra Ann Byrd as Othello and Ella Loudon as Iago

Southwest Shakespeare Company presents Harlem Shakespeare Festival’s All-Female, multi-racial mainstage production of OTHELLO: The Moor of Venice for a limited run April 19th through April 28th, 2019 at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ. This new 90-minute adaptation of Shakespeare’s OTHELLO, by Lisa Wolpe, is brought to the stages of Scottsdale as you’ve never seen it before. Celebrated director and educator Vanessa Morosco leads a cast of 8 classically trained actresses in a tragic tale that tells the story of a love that defies the boundaries of race; a hatred that defies all boundaries of reason. Together they will transform a lover's world of sighs into a universe of hurt... "Othello": be careful who you trust!

THE COMPANY

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THE CAST

Debra Ann Byrd (Othello)

Ella Loudon* (Iago)

Amy Driesler* (Cassio)

Ryan L. Jenkins (Roderigo)

Kellyn Traenkenschuh (Montano)

Natalie Andrews (Desdemona)

Megan Lindsay (Emilia)

Troi Hall (Bianca)

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THE CREATIVE TEAM

Vanessa Morosco Director

Lisa Wolpe Script Adaptation

Rachelle Dart Fight Choreography

Gail Cooper-Hecht Costume Design

David D. Wright Sound Design

Wei Guo Live Music

Hannah Stewart Stage Manager

APR 19
THROUGH
APR 28
2019

Taliesin West
Pavilion Theatre
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259

TICKETS: Available online at
www.swshakespeare.org
or call us at 480-435-6868

👩🏽👨🏽 Ask us about our special shows for Seniors and Students at the MADISON CENTER FOR THE ARTS. 10AM on the 23rd and 24th of April 2019.

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MORE TO EXPLORE

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SYNOPSIS OF OUR 90-MINUTE OTHELLO | One name is at the center of every conversation: Othello. He has recently promoted Cassio to Lieutenant- a title Iago had been coveting. News has reached Brabantio, via Iago, his daughter, Desdemona, has secretly eloped with Othello. This news infuriates Brabantio and devastates Roderigo who is desperately in love with Desdemona. Brabantio is convinced Othello used witchcraft to woo Desdemona until she arrives and professes her love. Read More ...

WATCH

Video excerpt of OTHELLO Act III sc. 3 performed by Ella Loudon as Iago and Debra Ann Byrd as Othello at MADISON CENTER FOR THE ARTS in Phoenix, AZ. Video clip 'This fellow's of exceeding honesty' created by 2TwoFilms - Yasmine Lawler.

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HARLEM SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL’S ALL-FEMALE, MULTI-RACIAL OTHELLO COMES TO THE WORLD RENOWNED TALIESIN WEST // LIMITED ENGAGEMENT – APRIL 19TH – 28TH

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A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR | In 1660, nearly 50 years after Shakespeare’s death, King Charles II declared it legal for women to play female characters on the stage. Read More ...

PROGRAM

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IN THE NEWS

REVIEW

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BROADWAY WORLD
BWW Review: OTHELLO at Southwest Shakespeare Company
Review by Emily Noxon
Apr. 24, 2019

On this the day of Shakespeare's birthday, I am honored to write about Harlem Shakespeare Festival's All-Female Othello. Up until the 1660s, women were not allowed to act on stage because the practice was illegal and seen as inappropriate. It is not uncommon now to see adaptations of Shakespeare's most famous plays with all female casts. The story of Othello flourishes in the hands of these talented women >> Read More

REVIEW

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TALKING BROADWAY
Regional Reviews: Phoenix
Othello: Harlem Shakespeare Festival / Southwest Shakespeare Company
Review by Gil Benbrook
April 24, 2019

Most theatre purists and historians are well aware that in their original productions, William Shakespeare's plays were performed by casts composed entirely of men because women were not allowed to act. So, it's refreshing to see how the tables are turned when Othello, which focuses on hatred, jealousy and deception, is presented with a cast made up completely of women. Southwest Shakespeare Company's presentation of the Harlem Shakespeare Festival's all-female Othello is a solid, powerful, gender-bending production of one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies >> Read More

AWARDS

BROADWAY WORLD AWARDS
Winners Announced For 2019 BroadwayWorld Phoenix Awards
by BWW News Desk
January 16, 2020

Following a record number of nominations and votes, winners have been announced for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Phoenix Awards, brought to you by Today Tix!! The nominees were set, audiences voted, and now we get to recognize local theatres and performers for their outstanding achievement! >> Read More

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PRODUCTION PHOTOS

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all-female OTHELLO production photos by Yasmine Lawler. Harlem Shakespeare Festival. ©2019