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Othello

Othello

By William Shakespeare

Jan. 11 – Feb. 3, 2019

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets*: $29.50

Preview Performances: Jan. 9 – 10 | Wed. – Thr. 8pm | Tickets: $18

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

* Single tickets start at $29.50. Prices for individual performances will increase based on demand.

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What It's About

Backstabbing politicians, two-faced frenemies, gaslighting, treachery, true love and the never-ending cultural complications of a “black ram tupping a white ewe,” Shakespeare’s Othello might as well be talking about this year’s headlines. And in this production, it does. Othello features Jobsite’s signature modern spin on a favorite Shakespeare play.

Why It's For You

Perhaps you’ve always struggled to find Shakespeare accessible, relevant, or (let’s be honest) even intelligible. Perhaps you’re a True Believer Bardophile. We’ve got you covered either way! For well over a decade and a half we’ve produced award-winning, audience-adored productions of Shakespeare set in all manner of times and places. This modern-day setting will feel completely ripped-from-the-headlines, focusing on more than just the black-white/east-west binary central to the original plot.

Why We Chose It

For the past few years we’ve focused on Shakespearean comedies and romances, so we were itching to dig into another tragedy. Seeing this on the county reading list for high schools, we were immediately excited for the opportunity to bring these epic characters and rich language to life in a meaningful and relevant way for them. In terms of the play’s racial politics, we have an opportunity to let people think about how far we’ve maybe (or maybe not) come by telling a classic story given new context. In our telling of the story the focus is not simply that Othello is the Other (whether we want to call him black, Muslim, or just not-European) but that he’s the Other and in charge. Think of today’s conversations about notions of privilege and fragility, is there a better case study than Iago?

Show Times

Wed., Jan. 9, 2019
  • Othello - Preview
    8:00 PM | Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Thu., Jan. 10, 2019
  • Othello - Preview
    8:00 PM | Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Fri., Jan. 11, 2019
  • Othello - Opening Night
    8:00 PM | Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Sat., Jan. 12, 2019
  • Othello
    8:00 PM | Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Sun., Jan. 13, 2019
  • Othello
    4:00 PM | Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

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Hands down, the very best way you can save money on Jobsite shows is with one of our season ticket packages.

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Rush and Group Tickets

Jobsite offers special ticket discounts for group ticket sales and for special members of the community (military, seniors, etc.)

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Advisories

Jobsite Theater does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact us by email or phone at 813.476.7378.

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