From the producers: Set amid war and palace intrigue in the 17th-century Mediterranean, this classic drama about a noble Black Venetian general whose marriage is sabotaged by theater’s most infamous villain, Iago, remains Shakespeare’s most urgent and relevant tragedy today. A lush, romantic vision gives way to the violent tangle of love and jealousy, race and revenge in this must-see production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.
William Shakespeare's "Othello," is an adaptation of the Italian writer Cinthio's tale "Un Capitano Moro" ("A Moorish Captain"). Given its varied and enduring themes of racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance, "Othello" is still often performed in professional and community theatre alike, and has been the source for numerous operatic, film, and literary adaptations. Not seen on the Delacorte stage since 1991, "Othello" features Olivier Award winner Chukwudi Iwuji as Othello, Heather Lind as Desdemona, and Corey Stoll as the infamous Iago. The production, directed by Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson ("Jitney"), kicks off the summer 2018 Shakespeare in the Park season.
New York's most treasured summer tradition, Free Shakespeare in the Park, celebrates its 56th season in Central Park's famous Delacorte Theater. Love and madness, laughter and tragedy combine for a uniquely thrilling season of exciting theater and exceptional performances under the stars. Join over 5 million people who have enjoyed The Public Theater's free performances and experience the heights of romance and the depths of duplicity in a setting unlike any other, in the heart of Manhattan.
What is the Public Theater? Founded in 1954 by the legendary showman Joseph Papp, the Public Theater is one of NYC'c preeminent non-profit theaters. Dedicated to the development of new plays and musicals, the theater has spawned many Broadway shows (including "A Chorus Line and current Broadway mega-hit "Hamilton") and has 54 Tony Awards to its credit. More here.