- $19 for best-available seating on Wednesday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m. (up to $38 value)
- $25 for best-available seating on Friday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. (up to $49.25 value)
O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.
His name may not appear in the title, but Othello belongs as much to its villain as it does to its tragic hero. Iago, the cunning figure who sets the wheels of Shakespeare’s great tragedy in motion, reveals himself within minutes to be an antagonist of almost superhuman intellect as he sets out to destroy a man he once called friend. But unlike other great Shakespearean villains, Iago lacks any kind of clear-cut motive beyond jealousy—a far cry from Macbeth’s thirst for power or Tamora’s quest for revenge. Also setting him apart is his reliance on manipulation—rather than a sword and shield—to get what he wants. The only physical weapon he may need is a handkerchief, placed strategically for just the wrong person to find it.
While Iago could be considered the most fascinating figure in Shakespeare’s tragedy, he’s not the only character to attain legendary status—there’s the guy in the title, too. Othello’s fall from grace at Iago’s hands has given some of the world’s most remarkable actors a chance to show their skills, including Paul Robeson, James Earl Jones, Laurence Fishburne, and Laurence “Not Fishburne” Olivier.
- 1979: the year Perseverance Theatre was founded
- 38: total seasons
- 65: world premiere productions, and counting
- 2: number of "R"s in Perseverance. It seems like there should be more, but no, it's just two.
- 15,000: approximate number of artists and audience members Perseverance reaches each year
- 1998: the year Paula Vogel won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play How I Learned to Drive, which she wrote and developed while in residence at Perseverance
- 1: number of stories on NPR's All Things Considered focused on the theater's mission to serve its community
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