Blair Underwood, Richard Thomas, Kristen Connolly Will Star in Old Globe Othello; Complete Cast Announced

News   Blair Underwood, Richard Thomas, Kristen Connolly Will Star in Old Globe Othello; Complete Cast Announced
Complete casting has been announced for The Old Globe's upcoming production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Othello, the first show of the Globe’s 2014 Summer Shakespeare Festival.

Blair Underwood
Blair Underwood

Helmed by artistic director Barry Edelstein, performances are scheduled for June 22-July 27 with an official opening June 28.

Joining the previously announced Blair Underwood in the title role, Richard Thomas as Iago and Kristen Connolly as Desdemona are Broadway and Globe veterans 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 will be joined by Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program 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 a 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, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

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