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Othello, a brave general in the Venetian army, is stationed on the island of Cyprus with his young wife, Desdemona, and Iago, his apparently loyal ensign. When Othello overlooks him for promotion, the enraged Iago sets out to destroy his master’s happiness, hinting that Desdemona has been unfaithful to him and planting the seeds of sexual jealousy in Othello’s fertile imagination. Domestic in scale but seething with Mediterranean passion, Othello is the most intimate of Shakespeare’s tragedies. Russian director Yuri Yeremin and A.R.T. resident director David Wheeler join forces to stage this riveting study of jealousy and revenge.

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by

William Shakespeare

Conceived by

Yuri Yeremin

Conceived by

Yuri Yeremin

Yuri Yeremin is the director of Three Farces and a Funeral and Ivanov and acting/directing instructor in the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.  Mr. Yeremin is one Russia's leading directors and master teachers of acting and directing. As Artistic Director of the Central Soviet Army Theatre (1981–1987) and current Artistic Director of Moscow Pushkin Theatre (since 1987), he has directed a number of productions, including The Idiot and The Possessed by Dostoevsky, The Old Man by Gorky, Ward No. 6 by Chekhov, The Inspector General by Gogol, Madame Bovary by Flaubert, and Paper Nickelodeon by Chervinsky. His production of Ward No. 6 has toured extensively all through Europe, the United States, and Canada and was a part of the New York International Theatre Festival. Mr. Yeremin has directed and lectured throughout Europe and the United States, where he directed at the Hartford Stage Company and participated in the O'Neill Theatre Center Program in Waterford, Connecticut. His 1997 production of Shelter—based on Gorky's Lower Depths—at the American Studio of the Moscow Art Theatre was regarded among the best productions of the season. He is the recipient of several high awards for artistic excellence, including Russian and French decorations and the title of People's Artist of Russia.

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Directed by

David Wheeler

Directed by

David Wheeler

On Broadway, he directed Richard III with Al Pacino, and The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, for which Mr. Pacino won the Tony Award for Best Actor. Regional theatres include the Guthrie Theatre, Alley Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, Pittsburgh Playhouse, and the Charles de Rochefort Theatre in Paris, where he directed the French premiere of Edward Albee's The Zoo Story.

As the artistic director of the Theatre Company of Boston (TCB) from 1963 to 75, Mr. Wheeler directed over eighty productions.  Among these were ten by Pinter, seven by Brecht, five by Albee, nine by Beckett, two by O'Neill, and numerous works by new writers such as Ed Bullins, Jeffrey Bush, John Hawkes, Adrienne Kennedy, and Sam Shepard.  Through these productions and others, he helped to launch the careers of then-unknown actors including Paul Benedict, Larry Bryggman, John Cazale, Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, Robert DeNiro, Robert Duvall, Hector Elizondo, Spalding Gray, Paul Guilfoyle, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, Jon Voight, Ralph Waite, and James Woods. His film The Local Stigmatic (with Mr. Pacino)—adapted from the play by Heathcote Williams—was presented at the Montreal Film Festival and screened at the Whitney Museum and the MOMA. It will be released in 2006.

Mr. Wheeler's honors include the Elliot Norton Award for his work on Misalliance, the St. Botolph Club Foundation's Award for Distinction in the Performing Arts, and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Award. He has taught and directed at Harvard University, Boston University, MIT, Brandeis, Barnard, Colorado College, and Circle-in-the-Square. He has directed student productions at U.N.C. Chapel Hill, U.C. Irvine and Long Beach, and Évora, Portugal. After receiving his masters at Harvard, Mr. Wheeler trained with José Quintero in New York during the great "O'Neill years" of the 1950's.

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Set design by

Riccardo Hernandez

Riccardo Hernandez

Set design by

Riccardo Hernandez

A.R.T.: Over twenty productions, including most recently, Jagged Little PillThe White Card, Arrabal, Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Prometheus Bound, Best of Both Worlds, The Seagull, Julius Caesar, Britannicus, and Marat/Sade. Broadway: Indecent, The Gin Game; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess; The People in the Picture; Caroline, or Change, National Theatre London; Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, Old Vic; Topdog/Underdog, Royal Court; Bells Are Ringing; Parade (directed by Hal Prince, Tony, Drama Desk nominations); Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk, The Tempest. Recent productions include: The Skin of Our Teeth, TFANA; The Invisible Hand (Henry Hewes Design Award); Red Speedo (Drama Desk Nomination); Grounded (directed by Julie Taymor). International: Théâtre du Châtelet, Avignon (Cour d’honneur Palais des Papes); Oslo, National Theatre; Abbey Theatre. Recipient, Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Design. Hernandez is on the faculty at Yale School of Drama.

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Costume design by

Catherine Zuber

Costume design by

Catherine Zuber

Catherine Zuber has created the costumes for Richard II, The Doctor's Dilemma, and over forty other A.R.T. productions including Three Farces and a Funeral, Antigone, Loot, The Idiots Karamazov, Ivanov, Phaedra, The Merchant of Venice, Valparaiso, The Imaginary Invalid, The Taming of the Shrew, Peter Pan and Wendy, The Bacchae, Man and Superman, The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, Woyzeck, The Wild Duck, The Naked Eye, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Tartuffe, Ubu Rock, Waiting for Godot, The Oresteia, Shlemiel the First, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, A Touch of the Poet, What the Butler Saw, The Cherry Orchard, and Orphée. Ms. Zuber's credits include work at Lincoln Center, The Joseph Papp Public Theater, Goodman Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera, among others. Her Broadway credits include The Triumph of Love (Connecticut Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk nomination), Ivanov (Drama Desk nomination), The Sound of Music, Twelfth Night, The Red Shoes, London Assurance, The Rose Tattoo, and Philadelphia Here I Come. Ms. Zuber was the recipient of the 1997 Obie Award for sustained achievement in design. She is the costume designer for La Fête des Vignerons de 1999, the massive Festival of the Winegrowers in Vevey, Switzerland.

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Lighting design by

John Ambrosone

Lighting design by

John Ambrosone

Lighting Designer John Ambrosone has designed over thirty productions for the American Repertory Theater, including Lysistrata, Absolution, Marat/Sade, Othello, Animals and Plants, Mother Courage (2001 Elliot Norton Design Award), The Doctor's Dilemma, Three Farces and a Funeral, Nocturne, IvanovThe Cripple of Inishmaan, The King Stag, Boston Marriage, Charlie in the House of Rue, Valparaiso, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, How I Learned to Drive, Nobody Dies on Friday, Man and Superman, The Old Neighborhood, When the World Was Green (A Chef's Fable), Alice in Bed, Slaughter City, and Buried Child. On Broadway he designed The Old Neighborhood. Work in resident theaters includes the Alley Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Walnut Street Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, and Arena Stage. Mr. Ambrosone also has designed in Singapore, Moscow, Japan, Brazil, Taiwan, Mexico, Germany, and France.

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Sound design by

David Remedios

Sound design by

David Remedios

Sound designs by David Remedios have been heard in Sexual Perversity in Chicago/The Duck Variations, Romance, Trojan Barbie, Endgame, The Seagull, The Communist Dracula Pageant, Let Me Down Easy, When It’s Hot It’s Cole, Cardenio, Julius Caesar, Copenhagen, Donnie Darko, A Marvelous Party, No Man's Land, Oliver Twist, Britannicus, The Onion Cellar, The Island of SlavesOrpheus X, Romeo and Juliet, No Exit, Three Sisters (2005), The Keening, Amerika, Olly's Prison, Desire Under the Elms, Dido Queen of Carthage, The Provok'd Wife (original music and sound), The Miser, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2003), Snow in June, Lady with a Lapdog, The Sound of a Voice, Pericles, Highway Ulysses, Uncle Vanya, Lysistrata, Absolution, Marat/Sade, Stone Cold Dead Serious, Enrico IV, Othello, Animals and Plants, The Doctor's Dilemma, Mother Courage and Her Children, Three Farces and a Funeral, Antigone, Nocturne, How I Learned to Drive, and Man and Superman. He has also toured regionally and internationally with the A.R.T.  Other credits include Farragut North and Yankee Tavern (Contemporary American Theater Festival), The Merchant of Venice (Actor’s Shakespeare Project), Ah, Wilderness! (CenterStage Baltimore), The Diary of Anne Frank (New Rep), The Scottish Play (La Jolla Playhouse), Leap (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Daughter of Venus, Action Jesus and Dressed Up! Wigged Out! (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Sideways Stories from Wayside School, All of a Kind Family and The Fabulous Invalid (Emerson Stage), Samson Agonistes (92nd St. Y), Our Town (Boston Theatre Works), Far East (Vineyard Playhouse), Only You (Efron Entertainment). Dance soundscapes include works for Concord Academy Dance, Snappy Dance Theater Company, and Lorraine Chapman.  Awards: 2007 Connecticut Critics Circle Award (No Exit, Hartford Stage), 2001 Elliot Norton Award (Mother Courage and Her Children, A.R.T.), seven Independent Reviewers of New England Award nominations.

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Music composed by

Samrat Chakrabarti

Music composed by

Samrat Chakrabarti

Samrat Chakrabarti (Othello Composer/Music Director/Musician) is a graduate of Brandeis University, where he received his BA in theater arts. He is currently a second-year acting student at the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, where he played Moritz Steifel in Spring Awakening, Don Quixote in Yuri Yeremin's production of Man of La Mancha at the American Studio of the Moscow Art Theater School (for which he also composed original music and was the music director), and Tartuffe in Cher Molière. Prior to joining the A.R.T. Institute he was involved with several music projects, including Hayavadana at Tufts University, Hyannis Sound on Cape Cod, Jyde on St. Thomas, USVI, and Five O'clock Shadow in Boston. He has won numerous awards for his arrangements, and his composition "What's It All About" won Best Original Pop/Rock Song in 1998.

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Othello, the Moor of Venice John Douglas Thompson
Desdemona, his wife Mirjana Jokovic
Michael Cassio, his lieutenant Benjamin Evett
Bianca, a coutesan, in love with Cassio Amber Alison
Iago, the Moor’s Ensign Thomas Derrah
Emilia, Iago’s wife Karen MacDonald
The Duke of Venice Richard Snee
Brabantio, Desdamona’s father, a Senator Will LeBow
Lodovico, kinsman to Brabantio Jon Bernthal
Roderigo, a Venetian gentleman Ken Cheeseman
Montano, Governor of Cyprus Richard Snee
Gratiano, Brabantio’s brother Will LeBow
Musicians Samrat Chakrabarti, Nick Niles, James Caran
Senators, Sailors, Gentleman Jon Bernthal, Ian Collett, Harry Crane, Philip Graeme, Michael Wheeler