Blair Underwood, Richard Thomas, Kristen Connolly Star in Old Globe Othello, Opening June 28

By Andrew Gans
28 Jun 2014

Blair Underwood
Blair Underwood
Photo by Jim Cox

The Old Globe's production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Othello, the first show of the Globe’s 2014 Summer Shakespeare Festival, officially opens June 28 following previews that began June 22.

Helmed by artistic director Barry Edelstein, performances are scheduled through July 27.

The cast is headed by Blair Underwood in the title role, Richard Thomas as Iago and Kristen Connolly as Desdemona with Noah Bean as Michael Cassio, Jonny Orsini as Roderigo, Mark Pinter as The Duke of Venice, Angela Reed as Emilia and Mike Sears as Brabantio, Gratiano.

They are joined by actors Erin Elizabeth Adams (Bianca), Meaghan Boeing (Ensemble), Lindsay Brill (Ensemble), Charlotte Bydwell (Ensemble), Lowell Byers (Ensemble), Jamal Douglas (Othello’s Aide-de-Camp), Adam Gerber (Ensemble), Kushtrim Hoxha (Montano), Stephen Hu (Ensemble), Tyler Kent (Ensemble), Robbie Simpson (Ensemble), Megan M. Storti (Ensemble) and Patrick Zeller (Lodovico).



“The gifted actors who have assembled for Othello this summer make the case for the Globe’s preeminence among American Shakespeare theatres,” said Edelstein in an earlier statement. “This talented company, led by Blair Underwood, Richard Thomas, and Kristen Connolly, grace our stage with their skills and imagination, and it’s my honor both to direct them and also to welcome them to San Diego.”

"Despite the prejudices in Venice, the brilliant general Othello excels both on the battlefield and in the halls of state," according to press notes. "But when he marries Desdemona, his envious lieutenant Iago sets in motion a diabolical plan to destroy him. Edelstein gives us a riveting, intense, and intimate production where poetry soars and swords clash, where true love and wrenching jealousy collide."

The creative team includes Wilson Chin (scenic design), Katherine Roth (costume design), Stephen Strawbridge (lighting design), ACME Sound Partners with Jason Crystal (sound design), Curtis Moore (original music), Ryan Nestor (music director), Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (fight director), Ursula Meyer (voice and text coach), Tara Rubin Casting (casting) and Leila Knox (stage manager).

Single tickets start at $29. Tickets can be purchased online at TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.