Actors From The London Stage – a self-directed ensemble of five professional British actors – presents William Shakespeare’s “Othello” at Berea College’s Jelkyl Drama Center, November 14-16 at 8 p.m. These performances are part of a national tour for this production. Tickets for the general public range from $5-10 and can be reserved by calling the box office at 859-985-3300.
“The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice” is William Shakespeare’s timeless story about love, jealousy and betrayal. Othello, newly married to Desdemona who is half his age, is appointed leader of a military operation. Iago, his ensign, passed over for promotion in favor of young Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair.
Members of the ensemble include tour veterans Richard Neale (Iago, Duke, Gentleman), Jan Shepherd (Emilia, Roderigo, Gratiano, First Senator, Gentleman), and Alinka Wright (Desdemona, Bianca, Montano, Second Senator, Officer). Joining them will be Jude Akuwudike (Othello, Clown, Gentleman) and Jack Whitam (Cassio, Brabantio, Lodovico, Officer).
Actors From The London Stage is the national outreach program of Shakespeare at Notre Dame. This unique educational program was developed in 1975, by Homer Swander, at the University of California at Santa Barbara. The theatre company is now based in London and at Shakespeare at Notre Dame. The artists, five British Shakespearean actors from such companies as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, and Shakespeare’s Globe, among others, devote a large part of their time to lectures, workshops, seminars and informal meetings with students. Their stay provides students and faculty with a unique opportunity to observe extraordinary performances and to discuss literature and the art of theatre in depth with some of the most talented artists from some of the most important theatre companies in the world.