( Thu., Apr. 8, 2021 - Sun., Apr. 25, 2021 )
Online, , , NC
This will be the first fully-realized production of Udofia’s translation of Othello. Originally commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Udofia seeks to pull no punches with her translation that starkly illuminates the overt anti-Black racist language within Shakespeare’s text. Holloway’s Othello takes place at Venice College, an elite all-female PWI (predominantly white institution) collegiate academic institution. Despite the implications of systemic racism within the school, the brilliant Othello (NUBIA MONKS) excels both academically and socially. Her success triggers envy and uncovers the covert racism of her peers, especially that of her close friend and “ally” Iago (ZANDI CARLSON), who sets in motion a vile scheme to sabotage and destroy her.
Visionary director Jameeka D. Holloway helms this all Black femme creative team, which also includes Monet Marshall (Dramaturg & Intimacy Director), Aurelia Belfield (Sound Designer), Keyanna Alexander (Production Designer/Creative Technical Director), Aquila Butler (Costume Design), and Tia James (Voice & Text Coach). Together, they will tackle the tough questions: should this work ever be produced and what is the cost to the Black artists who participate in it?
Accessibility: All performances of Othello will be open captioned. WTF is committed to accessibility and invites patrons to request additional accommodations with as much advance notice as possible (preferably 2 weeks) to Accessibility Coordinator Hannah Williams via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets: All Othello tickets are available as a Pay What You Can Donation. Livestream Performances: April 8-10, 16-17; viewing of performance is through private YouTube link sent to registered ticket holders 1 hour prior to show time. Video On Demand Performances available from April 23-25
Pay What You Can; registration required.