The American Shakespeare Cebter to Present "Othello" at FHU

FEBRUARY 7, 2014

The Henderson Arts Commission and Freed-Hardeman University are sponsoring The American Shakespeare Center’s production of “Othello” Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in Loyd Auditorium. It is a part of the center’s 2013/14 25th Anniversary “World’s Mine Oyster” Tour.

The play is a complex tale of love, betrayal, jealousy and tragedy. Othello, also referred to as “the Moor,” is a general in the Venetian army. Iago is angry with the general for choosing another man, Michael Cassio, for the position of lieutenant. He schemes to enact a plan to bring about Othello’s demise. According to ASC’s description of the play, “Handkerchief mischief, epileptic fits, slapping, slicing and smothering ensue.”

Jim Warren, ASC co-founder and artistic director, said, “I think ‘Othello’ can be one of the greatest plays ever written when it’s performed by amazing actors using Shakespeare’s staging conditions.” According to the ASC website, “By following the basic principles of Renaissance theatrical production, the American Shakespeare Center gives its audiences some of the pleasures that an Elizabethan playgoer would have enjoyed.”

The ASC On Tour performs each year at more than 50 performing arts centers, colleges and universities throughout the U.S. The troupe consists of 11 actors and a tour manager.

“Othello” is presented as a part of FHU’s Connections Series, “Transformers: Forging Identity’s Core.” Admission to the production is free.