Love and Deceit Unfold in Theatre for a New Audience's Othello

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Theatre for a New Audience's production of the William Shakespeare tragedy Othello, featuring John Douglas Thompson in the title role opposite Ned Eisenberg as his plotting rival, begins performances Off-Broadway Feb. 14.
John Douglas Thompson
John Douglas Thompson

Arin Arbus directs the limited engagement, which is scheduled to officially open Feb. 22 for a run through March 7 at The Duke. Director Arbus noted, "Othello will open four weeks after Barack Obama's inauguration, making February 2009 an interesting time to explore Shakespeare's great tragedy about a black leader in a white society. The play depicts a culture, not unlike our own, that both promotes diversity and undermines it."

Thompson (Oroonoko, Cyrano de Bergerac) as Othello and Eisenberg (Oliver Twist, Awake and Sing) as Iago are joined onstage by Juliet Rylance (Bash: Latterday Plays - London's West End) as Desdemona, Kate Forbes (The Merchant of Venice) as Emilia and Lucas Hall (All's Well That Ends Well) as Cassio.

The company also features Denis Butkus (The Coast of Utopia), Robert Langdon Lloyd (Amadeus), Elizabeth Meadows Rouse (Comedy of Errors), Christian Rummel (Antony & Cleopatra), Alexander Sovronsky (Cyrano) and Graham Winton (Don Juan).

The design team includes Peter Ksander (sets), Miranda Hoffman (costumes), Marcus Doshi (lights), Sarah Pickett (music) and Matt O'Hare (sound). Robert Neff Williams serves as voice and text consultant with B.H. Barry as the fight choreographer.

The company will next present Hamlet (March 15-April 19) also at The Duke on 42nd Street. David Esbjornson (The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?) stages the work starring Christian Camargo (Coriolanus).

For tickets to Othello, at The Duke, 229 West 42nd Street, call (646) 223-3010 or visit For more information on TFANA, visit

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