By William Shakespeare
Directed by Sam Gold
With David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig
New York Theatre Workshop has announced dates for its highly anticipated mounting of Shakespeare’s Othello, directed by Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home). The production will begin previews November 22 in advance of a December 12 opening and will run through January 18, 2017 (2016/17 SEASON: November 22, 2016—January 18, 2017)
As previously announced, Othello will star David Oyelowo (Selma) and Daniel Craig (Spectre) as Othello and Iago, respectively, along with Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) as Desdemona, David Wilson Barnes (Bridge of Spies) as the Duke/Ludovico, Marsha Stephanie Blake (Orange Is the New Black) as Emilia, Blake DeLong (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) as Soldier, Glenn Fitzgerald (Dirty Sexy Money) as Brabantio, Slate Holmgren (King Lear) as Montano, Anthony Michael Lopez (The Penalty) as Soldier, Matthew Maher (The Flick) as Roderigo, Nikki Massoud (Zealot) as Bianca, Kyle Vincent Terry (Robin Hood) as Soldier, and Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story) as Cassio.
The creative team will include scenic design by Andrew Lieberman, costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Jane Cox, sound design by Bray Poor, fight direction by Thomas Schall, voice direction by Andrew Wade, and dramaturgy by Michael Sexton.
Tickets will go on sale on October 5.
THE STORY OF OTHELLO
Othello, a motivated and charismatic Moorish general in the Venetian army, and Desdemona, who is half his age and the only daughter of a highly esteemed family, have recently married and are very much in love. When he is appointed leader of a military operation, Othello promotes Cassio, a young and personable officer to help him command the forces.
However, Othello’s batman Iago, who was hoping for a promotion himself is bitterly disappointed at the decision. Fuelled by revenge and a racist mistrust of Othello Iago plots against both Othello and Cassio. As Othello’s most trusted confidante, Iago whispers suspicion to Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair, planting her handkerchief in Cassio’s quarters.
When Othello discovers the handkerchief, he is beset by rage and vows revenge, mistakenly believing that Desdemona has betrayed him. Spurred on by Iago, Othello embarks on a destructive course of action that inevitably ends in tragedy for all concerned.