CAST

Julian Acosta*
Gaius Charles
Jessica Chastain
Liza Colon-Zayas*
Saidah Arrika Ekulona
Philip Seymour Hoffman*
LeRoy McClain
John Ortiz*

*Labyrinth Theater Company Member

A bold, contemporary interpretation of Shakespeare’s most passionate and spiritually-charged creation. John Ortiz and Philip Seymour Hoffman performed the roles of Othello and Iago, intense and fiery figures in Shakespeare’s globalized contest of deception, ambiguity and overpowering love. Internationally-acclaimed director Peter Sellars, renowned for tearing through boundaries with his visionary stagings of the classics, finds in the play a modern resonance that raises a mirror to our own culture’s overwhelming personal and political yearnings. His production charts the new prospects for hope in 21st-century America by measuring them against Shakespeare’s vivid depiction of racial struggle, the fog of war, and the thin frontiers that separate love and jealousy, vengeance and forgiveness.

“Lab actors are so used to danger. They turn the heat up, and you get to this place that burns.”

– Time Out

“A provocative portrait of a man burned to an ashen, angry nihilism by years of unrewarded service.”

– The New York Times

“Stripped-down, stark intelligence.”

– Newsday