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  • For Immediate Release: Press Contact: Liza HoltmeierAugust 1, 2005 202.608.6302

    lizah@shakespearedc.org

    SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANYS 2005-2006 SEASON OPENS WITHOthello

    BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEAREDirected by Michael Kahn

    Featuring Avery Brooks and Patrick Page

    WASHINGTON, D.C. The Shakespeare Theatre Company opens its 2005-2006

    season with Artistic Director Michael Kahn directing a production of Othello from August 30 to

    October 30, 2005. With poetry rivaling King Lear and with the psychological depth of Hamlet,

    Shakespeares Othello is a highly charged tale of jealousy, prejudice, revenge and the destruction

    of innocence. For the production, Kahn directs a cast that includes Avery Brooks as Othello,

    Patrick Page as Iago, Colleen Delany as Desdemona, Lise Bruneau as Emilia and Company

    Member David Sabin as Brabantio.

    Media partner The Washingtonian magazine provides promotional supportthroughout the run.

    Passed over for the position of Othellos lieutenant, Iago begins to plot his revenge

    against the Moor. Believing his wife, Emilia, has been unfaithful with Othello, Iago plans to

    poison Othellos marriage with jealousy. As Iagos lies begin to take hold, Othello questions

    more and more the fidelity of his new bride, eventually destroying his once-happy marriage.

    Othello is extraordinary in its psychological complexities, and I think it is a reduction of

    the play to say it is simply a study of jealousy, says Michael Kahn. Its a study of a great man,

    the world around him and his destruction. And although the play deals with jealousy and, to an

    even greater extent, obsession it doesnt start out as a play about jealousy. It starts out as a play

    about love. I am interested in exploring the psychologies of Othello and Iago. What is it in Iago

    that drives him to do what he does, and what is it in Othello that leaves him vulnerable to Iagos

    machinations?

  • THE CAST

    Avery Brooks returns to play Othello, a role he first performed for the Theatre during the 1990-

    91 season. Brooks last appeared at the Theatre in the title role of The Oedipus Plays, a production that

    traveled to the 2003 Athens Festival in Greece. Recently, he played the title role in King Lear at Yale

    Repertory Theatre. An accomplished actor, director, musician and educator, Brooks has performed to

    critical acclaim the title role in the Phillip Hayes Dean play Paul Robeson since 1982. He has sung opera

    and performed vocals with numerous jazz artists, most recently at the Paris Banlieues Bleues Festival in

    2005. His film credits include Solomon Northrups Odyssey, American History: X and Fifteen Minutes.

    His television credits include the role of Hawk in A Man Called Hawk and Spenser: for Hire, and Captain

    Sisko in the Star Trek series Deep Space Nine. In 1994, he was inducted into the College of Fellows of

    the American Theatre. For 34 years, Brooks has been affiliated with Rutgers University, where he was

    the first black MFA graduate in acting and directing. He is currently a tenured professor of theatre at

    Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts.

    Patrick Page returns to play Iago after making his Shakespeare Theatre Company debut last

    season as Macbeth. A veteran Broadway actor, Page has appeared in Julius Caesar, The Lion King,

    Beauty and the Beast, The Kentucky Cycle and A Christmas Carol. Off-Broadway, he has performed in

    Rex and as the title role in Richard II. Regional productions include roles as Cyrano, Hamlet, Macbeth,

    Iago, Anthony, Richard II, Henry V and Richard III at such theatres as Long Wharf Theatre, ACT,

    Missouri Repertory, Indiana Repertory, Seattle Repertory, Pioneer Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse,

    Arizona Theatre and the New York, Oregon, Utah and Alabama Shakespeare festivals.

    Colleen Delany returns to play Desdemona, Othellos wife. Delany appeared in two of the

    Theatres production last season, playing Louisa Strozzi in Lorenzaccio and Thaisa in Pericles. Delany is

    well-known to Washington audiences, having performed at Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Folger

    Theatre, Studio Theatre and Woolly Mammoth, among others. She recently made her Chicago stage debut

    in Mary Zimmermans production of Silk at the Goodman Theatre.

    Lise Bruneau returns to play Emilia, Iagos wife. Bruneau made her Shakespeare Theatre

    Company debut as Hermione in The Winters Tale in 2002. She most recently appeared in Misalliance at

    the Old Globe. Bruneau has appeared in many regional theatres across the country, including Center

    Stage, ACT, Seattle Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory, Wilma Theater and

    Shakespeare Santa Cruz.

    Company Member David Sabin plays Brabantio, Desdemonas father. Sabin was last seen as

    Lord Augustus Lorton in the Theatres production of Lady Windermeres Fan. Sabin has appeared in

    numerous productions at the Theatre, including Lorenzaccio, Cyrano, A Midsummer Nights Dream, The

    Rivals, Richard III, The Silent Woman, The Winters Tale, The Little Foxes, Hamlet, A Woman of No

    Importance, Richard II, Loves Labors Lost, Camino Real and The Country Wife. On Broadway, Sabin

  • has appeared in Slapstick Tragedy, The Threepenny Opera, Miss Moffat, Gabrielle, Ambassador!, The

    Water Engine and Othello. He also has appeared off-Broadway and in regional productions at such

    theatres as Studio Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Steppenwolf, Yale Repertory and Seattle Repertory.

    Gregory Wooddell returns to play Cassio, a lieutenant serving under Othello. Wooddell was

    last seen at the Theatre as Cecil Graham in Lady Windermeres Fan. Other Shakespeare Theatre

    Company credits include Cyrano, The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Free For All, The Merchant of

    Venice, A Midsummer Nights Dream (1999), Richard II, The Country Wife and Don Carlos. Regional

    credits include productions with the Alley Theatre and Juilliard Theatre. He also has appeared in the films

    Paradise Virus, Lost in Yonkers, Airbourne and Dial 911.

    The production also features Andrea Cirie as Bianca, Michael John Casey as a Venetian

    Senator, Ralph Cosham as the Duke of Venice, Laurence Drozd as Lodovico, W. Alan Nebelthau as

    Gratiano and a Venetian Senator, Erik Steele as Roderigo, Joris Stuyck as Montano, and ensemble

    members Dacyl Acevedo, Jordan Coughtree, Blake Ellis, Stephen Graybill, Tony Nam, Nicholas

    Urda and Ryan Young.

    THE DESIGNERS

    For the production, Kahn has assembled a team of noted designers to create the contrasted worlds

    of Venice and Cyprus. Set Designer James Noone has designed a simple, wooden set with moving wall

    panels to represent both strict, masculine Venice and freer, warmer Cyprus. Noone made his Shakespeare

    Theatre Company debut designing the set for Cyrano, for which he won a Helen Hayes Award. His

    Broadway credits include Match, Urban Cowboy, A Class Act, Judgment at Nuremberg, Jekyll and Hyde,

    Night Must Fall, The Rainmaker, Getting and Spending, The Gin Game, The Sunshine Boys and Inherit

    the Wind. He also has designed for numerous opera companies, regional theatres and Off-Broadway

    productions. Costume Designer Jess Goldstein has designed costumes with the silhouettes of 1600s

    clothes but with more contemporary fabrics and details. Venice and Cyprus are differentiated by their

    respective color palettes: cold blues and purples for Venice and warm reds and oranges for Cyprus.

    Goldsteins credits for the Theatre include The Little Foxes, Coriolanus (2000) and Loves Labors Lost

    (1987). Goldsteins numerous Broadway credits include Proof, The Rainmaker, Judgment at Nuremberg,

    Inherit the Wind and The Rivals, for which he won a Tony Award. Regionally his work has been seen at

    Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre and Arena Stage. Lighting Designer Charlie

    Morrison returns to create the lighting design for the production. Morrison designed the lights for last

    seasons production of The Tempest and served as associate lighting designer for A Midsummer Nights

    Dream and Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2. Composer Adam Wernicks music has been heard in the

    Theatres productions of Cyrano, Five by Tenn, Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2, The Winters Tale, Hamlet,

    Hedda Gabler, Camino Real, The Merchant of Venice and King John, among others. The design team

  • also includes Sound Designer Martin Desjardins, Fight Director Paul Dennhardt, and Voice and Text

    Coach Ralph Zito.

    MEDIA PARTNER

    The Shakespeare Theatre Company is pleased to welcome the return of The Washingtonian

    magazine as Media Partner. Since 1999, The Washingtonian has been a consistent and valued resource for

    the Theatres efforts to increase promotional and advertising support while reaching an expanded

    audience. For Michael Kahns production of King Lear (1999), The Washingtonian became the Theatres

    first Media Partner ever. Since then, they have supported Timon of Athens (2000), Hamlet (2001), Much

    Ado About Nothing (2002) A Midsummer Nights Dream and last seasons Macbeth.

    Founded in 1965, The Washingtonian is the monthly magazine of the nations capital and is

    known as The Magazine Washington Lives By. The Washingtonian has won five prestigious National

    Magazine Awards and rates number one in market penetration of all city and regional magazines.

    The mission of the magazine is to make the Washington area a better place for all who live here.

    One goal is to help its readers understand this dynamic and complicated city. To help its readers live

    better, the magazine publishes many service stories, such as guides to the areas best restaurants, top

    doctors, and great weekend getaways. Washingtonian Online, the magazines website,

    www.washingtonian.com, offers features on restaurants, schools, medicine, travel, business, shopping, the

    arts and theatre reviews. It was designed so that residents and visitors can tailor the website to match their

    needs and interests.

    SPECIAL PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS

    On Sunday, September 4 at 1 p.m., the Shakespeare Theatre Company continues Windows, a lively

    discussion and introduction to Othello with local scholars and members of the artistic staff. All are

    welcome. Call 202.547.1122 and press 4 to reserve a space.

    Following the evening performance of Othello on Wednesday, September 7, all are welcome for a

    post-show discussion with members of the cast. Those attending the evenings performance are

    guaranteed seats. Limited additional seating is available on a first-come basis. Call 202.547.1122 for

    the approximate start time. No reservations required.

    On Saturday, October 22, following the 2 p.m. matinee, the Shakespeare Theatre Company sponsors

    Classics in Context. This lively discussion features scholars and artists discussing their connection to

    the play. Call 202.547.1122 and press 4 to reserve a space.

    There will be audio-described performances of Othello on Saturday, September 24 at 2 p.m. and

    Thursday, September 29 at 8 p.m. Sign-interpreted performances are Tuesday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.

    and Saturday, October 8 at 2 p.m.

  • FACT SHEET: Othello by William ShakespeareDirected by Michael Kahn

    Featuring Avery Brooks and Patrick Page

    The Shakespeare Theatre Company begins its 2005-2006 season with Artistic Director Michael Kahndirecting Othello, which runs from August 30 to October 30, 2005. With poetry rivaling King Lear and with thepsychological depth of Hamlet, Shakespeares Othello is a highly charged tale of jealousy, prejudice, revenge andthe destruction of innocence. For the production, Kahn directs a cast that includes Avery Brooks as Othello, PatrickPage as Iago, Colleen Delany as Desdemona, Lise Bruneau as Emilia and Company Member David Sabin asBrabantio.

    DATES: August 30 to October 30, 2005Press Night: Sunday, September 4, 2005Opening Night: Tuesday, September 6, 2005

    LOCATION: Shakespeare Theatre Company, 450 7th St. NW, between D and E streets, just off PennsylvaniaAvenue, between the Capitol and the White House.

    TIMES: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 7:30 p.m.;matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. (except September 4); matinees at noon on Wednesday, September 21and October 26

    TICKETS: $14.25-$71.25 with discounts available for groups, senior citizens and students.

    ACCESSIBILITY: The Theatre is accessible to persons with disabilities, offering wheelchair accessible seatingand restrooms, audio enhancement at every performance, and Braille and large print programs. On Sunday, September 4 at 1 p.m., the Shakespeare Theatre Company continues Windows, a lively discussion

    and introduction to Othello with local scholars and members of the artistic staff. All are welcome. Call202.547.1122 and press 4 to reserve a space.

    Following the evening performance of Othello on Wednesday, September 7, all are welcome for a post-showdiscussion with members of the cast. Those attending the evenings performance are guaranteed seats. Limitedadditional seating is available on a first-come basis. Call 202.547.1122 for the approximate start time. Noreservations required.

    On Saturday, October 22, following the 2 p.m. matinee, the Shakespeare Theatre Company sponsors Classics inContext. This lively discussion features scholars and artists discussing their connection to the play. Call202.547.1122 and press 4 to reserve a space.

    There will be audio-described performances of Othello on Saturday, September 24 at 2 p.m. and Thursday,September 29 at 8 p.m. Sign-interpreted performances are Tuesday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday,October 8 at 2 p.m.

    PARKING: Paid parking is available in the PMI parking garage on D Street, between Eighth and Ninth streets, andthe Colonial Parking garage in the Lansburgh building (enter on Eighth Street between D and E streets).

    METRO: Archives-Navy Mem'l- Penn Quarter station (Yellow and Green Lines) is one and one-half blocks southof the Theatre. Gallery Pl-Chinatown station (Red, Yellow and Green Lines) is one block north of the Theatre at theMCI Center. For further information, call Metro at 202.637.7000.

    Box Office: 202.547.1122 (voice) TTY: 202.638.3863 Toll Free: 877.487.8849ShakespeareTheatre.org

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