Baldwinsville Jealousy fuels the downward spiral that is Othello's demise in one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies.
This timeless story is being told from a 1960s perspective weekends starting Oct. 21. See the transformation through rose colored glasses amidst the turmoil of peoples fighting for the right of equality. Maxwell Anderson’s performance is inspired by Dr. King and Malcolm X and is powerfully played. Anderson will be making his BTG debut in the role of Othello.
Othello’s supposed friend Iago (Trevor Hill) finds Othello's Achilles heel and fully exploits Othello's jealousy, forcing his downfall. Last seen as Macduff in the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival’s production of MacBeth, Hill puts a new spin on the villainous character, one that might leave you questioning whether he truly is friend or foe.
The ill-fated Desdemona will be played by Lynn Barbato, also making her BTG debut. Barbato plays the liberalistic flower child who tries to maintain peace and love in her marriage. Sadly, she cannot tame Othello’s rage, but make no mistake, Desdemona is no shrinking violet.
Emilia, while fiercely loyal to her lady is not immune to her husband’s plotting. Rachel Grage brings strength and a motherly quality to the role, her second ever.
Sarah Bradstreet’s portrayal of the go-go boot wearing prostitute is light-hearted and fun, however, reveals many layers we can all relate to.
Cole Salo plays the very green but well-meaning Cassio. Salo approaches his first Shakespearian role with enthusiasm and earnest energy. He also may be one of the most active members of the cast with multiple fight scenes.
Roderigo is smitten with Desdemona and portrayed by Michael King. An unknowing pawn of Iago, their scheming and plotting is a major driving force of the show.
Rounding out the cast are John LaCasse as Brabantio, Valerie Evans as the Duchess, the Clown and Ludovico, Lee LaManche as Montano and Marisa Chism as Gratiano and the Musician.
Othello is directed by Stephanie Long and Kim Jakway. Long’s vision comes to fruition through her thoughtful scenic, costume and lighting design.
Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29 with a 3 p.m. matinee Oct. 23 at the Presbyterian Education Center, 64 Oswego St., Baldwinsville. Tickets are $15 adults; $12 students; and $12 seniors (matinee only). For tickets and more information, call 315-877-4183 or visit baldwinsvilletheatreguild.org. Complimentary desserts and hot beverages will be served at intermission.