- $25 for one ticket to see Othello (up to $55 value)
- Where: Pittsburgh Public Theater
- Seating: Zone 2
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Click here to view the seating chart. Zone 2 is indicated in green.
- Thursday, April 16, Friday, April 17, or Saturday, April 18, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, April 19 or Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m.
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. For this production, Broadway veteran Teagle F. Bougere (A Raisin in the Sun, The Tempest) steps into the Moor of Venice’s doomed shoes.
Pittsburgh Public Theater
Pittsburgh was about to fall off the theater map when Pittsburgh Public Theater debuted in 1975. Faced with shuttered ticket windows, a dwindling audience, and marquees holding messages like "Goodbye cruel world," founders Joan Apt, Margaret Rieck, and Ben Shaktman were determined to make their company a success. And that determination paid off: their first season's productions of The Glass Menagerie, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Twelfth Night raked in critical acclaim and audience fanfare. Ticket sales climbed, and the trio eventually increased their season to six productions. Among these have been classics as well as plenty of new works, such as August Wilson's King Hedley II and Michael Cristofer's Amazing Grace.