Brimming with incredible passion and anguish, as well as very human tenderness, this tragic story will lure you into a powerful world of jealousy and betrayal. Fast moving and devastating, Othello is one of Shakespeare’s most haunting plays, exploring how fear and jealousy can destroy the most intelligent minds and the purest of loves.


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— Hollie Reina, St. George News

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"DELIGHTFULLY DISTURBING, and wonderfully played." { more . . . }
— Jennifer Mustoe and Craig Mustoe, Front Row Reviewers

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— Russell Warne, Utah Theatre Bloggers Association



Director — Kate Buckley
Scenic Designer — Tom Buderwitz
Costume Designer — Kyle Schellinger
Lighting Designer — Jaymi Lee Smith
Sound Designer/Composer — Joe Payne
Voice and Text Coach — Nathan C. Crocker
Fight Director — Geoffrey Kent
Stage Manager — Tanya J. Searle*, Jade Bruno*

Scene: Venice; a seaport in Cyprus
There will be one intermission.


Duke of Venice — Kipp Moorman
Brabantio, a senator, father to DesdemonaPaul Michael Sandberg
Lodovico, a noble Venetian, kinsman to BrabantioJeremy Thompson
Othello, the Moor, in the military service of VeniceWayne T. Carr*
Cassio, an honorable lieutenantJeb Burris*
Iago, an ensign  — Brian Vaughn*
Roderigo, a gentleman of VeniceBrandon Burk
Montano, governor of CyprusJamil Zraikat
Desdemona, daughter to Brabantio and wife to OthelloBetsy Mugavero*
Emilia, wife to IagoKatie Cunningham*
Bianca, a woman of CyprusAidaa Peerzada
Officer — Jeremy Thompson
Soldiers  — Paul Michael Sandberg, Kipp Moorman, Jeremy Thompson
Messenger — Aidaa Peerzada


Duke of Venice/Soldier—Michael A. Harding; Lodovico/Roderigo/Soldier—Keaton Delmar Johns; Othello—Jamil Zraikat; Cassio/Montano—Jeremy Thompson; Iago—Paul Michael Sandberg; Desdemona/Emilia—Courtney McMullin†; Bianca/Messenger—Isabella Abel-Suarez†

Understudies never substitute for listed players unless an announcement is made prior to the performanceUnderstudies never substitute for listed players unless an announcement is made prior to the performance.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
†Appearing courtesy of the Southern Utah University Fellowship Program.


The director and fight choreographer are members of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.

The scenic, lighting, and sound designers are represented by the United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE.

Videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

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Play Details

June 28 – October 13, 2018

Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

By William Shakespeare

Kate Buckley

2 hrs. 40 mins.

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Content Advisory
This intimate, studio theatre production of Shakespeare’s epic classic will have an updated feel. However, Shakespeare’s language will not be updated. The play includes some violence and some adult and sometimes bawdy dialogue. It may not be suitable for pre-teens.

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