On stage: Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Othello

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Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Public Theater.

O’Reilly Theater

Through May 17

7 p.m., 8 p.m., 2 p.m.

Rediscover William Shakespeare’s powerful tale of love and lies with a fresh new staging of the Bard’s iconic masterwork. Continuing Pittsburgh Public Theater’s 40th anniversary Season of Legends, Othello runs April 16 through May 17 at the downtown-based O’Reilly Theater.

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Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Public Theater.

Directed by Pittsburgh Public Theater’s own Ted Pappas, Shakespeare’s timeless tale of prejudice and power features Teagle F. Bougere starring in the title role playing the inimitable Othello. Fresh on the heels of his highly acclaimed performance last season in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s An Iliad, Bougere is joined by a stellar cast of 18 actors breathing new life into Shakespeare’s gripping 17th-century tragedy.

Making his Public Theater debut as Iago is Jeremy Kushnier, who appeared on Broadway in Jersey Boys, Rent and Jesus Christ Superstar. Also featured are: Amanda Lee Cobb (Desdemona), Edward James Hyland (Brabantio), Paul Terzenbach (Cassio), Michael MacCauley (Montano), Daniel Krell (Lodovico), Larry John Meyers (Gratiano), David Whalen (Duke of Venice), Christopher McFarland (Roderigo), Jessica Wortham (Emilia) and Robin Abramson (Bianca).

Set in mid-19th century Venice and Cyprus, the  new production of Othello highlights the fast-paced action, eloquent language and thrilling emotional scenes of a work that’s often described as Shakespeare’s “most perfect play.” Audiences will by captivated by Othello, Desdemona and Iago as a secret marriage and a stolen handkerchief set off a spiral of betrayal, jealousy and heartbreak.

The design team includes James Noone (scenery), Gabriel Berry (costumes), Kirk Bookman (lighting) and Zach Moore (sound).

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