“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.” (Act 3, Scene 3)
In a devastating exploration of the battle between love and jealousy, Peter Evans will direct Bell Shakespeare’s production of ‘Othello’, coming to Frankston Arts Centre on August 4, 2016. One of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, ‘Othello’ is a saga that probes the human capacity for petty jealousies and revenge while reveling in the sheer wickedness of malicious manipulations.
The triumphant general Othello returns from battle with the gratitude of the state and the love of Desdemona, who defies social convention and her father’s will to marry him. Jealousies around their match and Othello’s rise to prominence simmer to the surface, causing destructive rifts in a story that piles secret upon secret and betrayal upon betrayal.
Othello’s ensign, Iago, harbours a deeply held resentment and Othello and Desdemona’s marriage is fatally undermined by the insinuations of a master manipulator.
Ray Chong Nee (Bell Shakespeare’s ‘The Dream’ and MTC’s ‘I Call My Brothers’) stars as Othello and Yalin Ozucelik (Bell Shakespeare’s ‘Henry IV’ and STC’s ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’) stars as Iago in one of Shakespeare’s most captivating and implosive pairings. The performance is on Thursday, August 4, 7.30pm, tickets $30-$66, bookings: theFAC.com.au or phone 9784 1060.
Bell Shakespeare workshops: Tuesday, July 26, at 10am, 12noon or 2pm, free with performance tickets ($17 school price), suitable for Years 7 – 12. Bookings: 9784 1896.