By William Shakespeare

Extended! Jan. 11 – Feb. 9, 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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there has never been a more likable and splendidly sinister Iago as Giles Davies in Jobsite Theater’s winning production of OTHELLO … this production works because so many of the actors step up to Davies’ greatness … an exciting piece of theater, guaranteed to accelerate your heart rate … It’s been days, and I’m still haunted …. as exciting as Shakespeare gets … an edge-of-your-seat thriller. – BroadwayWorld

What holds up, especially in Jobsite’s production, is how the play dramatizes white constructions of blackness … What saves this production from Shakespeare is its cast. In the first half, Robert Richards Jr.’s Othello gushes with joy at his newfound love. In the second, he sweats and snorts with betrayed rage. Richards and Tatiana Baccari as Desdemona spark with sexy chemistry. Jobsite veteran Giles Davies, as Iago, slithers around the minimalist wood-frame set with a long French braid like a rattlesnake down his back. – Creative Loafing


What It's About

(L-R) Robert Richards Jr. and Giles Davies in Jobsite's Othello. (Photo by Pritchard Photography.)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.

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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

Thu., Jan. 24, 2019
  • Othello
    8:00 PM | Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Fri., Jan. 25, 2019
  • Othello
    8:00 PM | Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Sat., Jan. 26, 2019
  • Othello
    8:00 PM | Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Sun., Jan. 27, 2019
  • Othello
    4:00 PM | Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center


There will be a post-show talkback after the Fri., Jan. 25 performance with the director and cast. Specially-priced tickets to this performance are also being offered in celebration of Fourth Friday Tampa.

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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.


Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Matthew Ray – Stage Manager


  • Cornelio Aguilera – Roderigo
  • Tatiana Baccari – Desdemona
  • Salem Brophy – Lodovico/Soldier
  • Giles Davies – Iago
  • Chelsea Hooker – Bianca
  • Michael C. McGreevy – Duke of Venice/Gratiano
  • Joseph Michael-Kenneth – Cassio
  • Nancy Mizzell – Senator/Soldier
  • Robert Richards Jr. – Othello
  • Katrina Stevenson – Emilia
  • Greg Thompson – Brabantio/Montano


  • Giles Davies – Text Consultant and Fight Choreographer
  • Jeremy Douglass – Composer
  • David M. Jenkins – Dramaturg
  • Brian Smallheer – Scenic and Lighting Designer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer

Patron Reviews


The production of Othello was powerful and insightful as well. Seeing it performed for the first time fleshed out the action in a believable way. The anguish felt by all the characters came through in the nearly pitch-perfect performances by all the actors.

The theatre-in-the-round square works beautifully here, effectively used by the brilliant Iago given to us by the always kinetic, shapeshifting talent of Giles Davies. Addressing his soliloquies to all four sides of the audience in turn pulled us into Iago’s depraved mind – unwillingly yet compelled to watch, even laughing at his jokes and numerous sexual innuendos. The latter offer a key to Iago’s anger that has twisted his spirit into embracing only nihilism and total obliteration of life.

Bravo, you’ve got a hit. – Brian Kelly

We absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED the show. Have encouraged friends and family to go too! The use of the stage and the room with such a large class was impressive and I was in tears at the end – moved and speechless by the performances. Our teenage son (16) really enjoyed it as well. Cheers to a great run with Othello! – Leanne Otero

Thank you again for this wonderful production that continues to speak to all generations. Just to be exposed to the diction of these hundreds of years old dialogue is a treat and to bring it to us with young (and older) actors that bring the passion to these emotions is wonderful. Especially your villain, whom I already admired in earlier productions (Caliban) embodied his role. His diction is beautiful as are his facial expressions. What a great set of actors! So nice to see they are on stage and given opportunity to perform classical theater. The military fatigues brought me back in time (twenty years, but surely also now) to think about the complicated relationships and violence and jealousy while my husband was having to deal with those serving under him and at the time in the 80s the military becoming quite forceful prosecuting marital fallouts.

Emotions of soldiers impacted by lots of extra stress. The actor playing Othello was excellent in his emotions and presentation … the play’s production is as always with your theater, absolutely wonderful. – Susanne Neilsen


@jobsitetheater is a gift to the Tampa Bay area. Thank you for your excellent offerings, including your yearly goodness from Shakespeare. Blessings and Break Bones on your creative endeavors. – @revlisad

I saw Othello last night and loved it!! I’ll definitely be back to see Complete Works! ❤️Please more Shakespeare! – johnnyjedi7


Othello was the best Shakespeare Jobsite has done since Pericles. Giles was great as always, and really the play should be called Iago … Though I have some issues with Othello going from confident military commander to basket case at the merest whisper from Iago and the immediate histrionics Robert Richards Jr. rose to the occasion for the final scene which was absolutely riveting. – David Hood

I saw it on Thursday… great performance! – Amanda Patanow

Wow! What a show Jobsite Theater. Thanks! – Briget Hart

Exceptional ! Don’t miss it – Brenda Delgado Ordetx

Excellent production tonight. Grab some tickets and see it! – Melissa Grant Alton

Powerful production, kudos to cast and crew. Break Legs for the rest of the run! <3 – Beth Hyde – Beth Hyde-Hood

The show was amazing! Great job – Lisa Roland Faust

Wow! What a show Jobsite Theater. Thanks! – Brigit Hart

“This whole Shakespeare thing” is wonderful and as relevant today as it was in 1603. Love, prejudice, deceit, jealously, rage , revenge and despair… we humans don’t seem to have changed much in 400 years! The actors were marvelous and it’s a treat being so close to the action and emotion. We can’t wait for the next one. – Margaret Nolan Mays

Very intense play. Excellent performances by the whole cast – Dwayne DeLong

A fantastic performance addressing a universal theme. – Linda Good Arkwright

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