Casting Set for Harlem Shakespeare Fest's All-Female, Multi-Racial Othello | Playbill

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News Casting Set for Harlem Shakespeare Fest's All-Female, Multi-Racial Othello The Harlem Shakespeare Festival will stage an all-female, multi-racial production of William Shakespeare's Othello. The classic tale of passion and revenge will be directed by Tony winner Trezana Beverley and will star Debra Ann Byrd as Othello and Mary Chieffo as Iago.

Performances of Othello will run Nov. 6-22 at the Dorothy Maynor Theater in Harlem.

Casting also includes Daniela Maria Amador, Susan Barrett, Christine Campbell, Amy Driesler, Mary Hodges, Maria Hoffman, Karyn Holland, Claire Jamison, Penny Landau, Liz Morgan, Remington Moses, Dominican Pie, Beverley Prentice and Natasha Yannacañedo.

The creative team includes dramaturg Dathan B. Williams, fight director Denise Hurd, costume designer Gail Cooper-Hecht, lighting and set designer Will Cotton, sound designer David D. Wright, production stage manager Norman Antony Small, Jr. and assistant stage manager Julius Hollingsworth.

The Harlem Shakespeare Festival celebrates its third season and is dedicated to producing plays with multicultural casts, especially classically trained actors of color. For more information visit

Also kicking off Nov. 6 is the U.S. premiere of Donmar Warehouse's all-female Henry IV, set against the backdrop of a women's prison. Performances of the critically acclaimed London transfer will be staged at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn. The Dorothy Maynor Theater is located at 409 West 141st St. Tickets are $18; to purchase click here.

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