Stage Door Productions is pleased to continue our annual Shakespeare production in the 2019-20 season! The first production in the new season, this year's offering from the Bard is Othello.
Performances are: July 26 and 27 at 7:30 pm and July 28 at 3 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 8951 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA; August 2-3 at 7:30pm at Stage Door Productions at Kitt Creative, 810 Caroline Street, 3rd Floor; and August 4 at 6 pm at Spotsylvania Merchant Square Pavilion, 9010 Old Battlefield Blvd, Spotsylvania, VA
Othello - Pedro Echevarria
Iago - Andy Braden
Desdemona - Sarah Neubert
Emilia - Margot Moser
Cassio - Michael Rynders
Roderigo - Alexander Newton
Duchess - Laura Echevarria
Brabantio/Montano - Matthew Muggeridge
Bianca - Nicole Bates
Lodovico - Desmond Freeman
Gratiano - Dennis Smith
Officer - Travis Corker
Messenger - Eula Chaves
Ensemble/Changes - Cecilia Howell
Defying her father and society to follow her heart, Desdemona secretly marries Othello – a powerful general, and a Moor. Despite her father’s objections in court, Desdemona remains committed to Othello and follows him from Venice to Cyprus, where he is commissioned to serve. Iago, a junior officer and Othello’s most trusted adviser, is tormented by his lack of promotion. Despite Othello’s confidence in Iago’s honesty, Iago reveals that he is in fact hateful of Othello, and sets out to destroy Othello and Desdemona’s happiness, manipulating Othello to serve his own ends. Iago convinces Othello that his wife has been unfaithful with the up-and-coming young soldier Michael Cassio.
As Iago draws Othello and the audience into a web of half-truths, secrets, and betrayal, scandal is fueled -- families and friendships destroyed -- until a piece of supposed evidence of Desdemona’s infidelity, a handkerchief (which Iago calls "trifle light as air") tragically undoes them all. Othello commissions Iago to kill Michael Cassio, and then smothers Desdemona in her bed. When Emilia discovers Othello in the act, she confronts him and explains that it was Iago who tricked them all. Iago kills Emilia, but not before Othello has learned what has been done. Othello commits suicide, and Iago is taken into custody. The play ends before we know what ultimately happens to Iago, but we do know that a profusion of devastation has been left in his wake.