‘Othello’ begins previews in Stratford

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From left: Bethany Jillard, Dion Johnstone, Graham Abbey
From left: Bethany Jillard, Dion Johnstone, Graham Abbey

Shakespeare’s Othello, my third show in the 2013 Stratford Festival season, begins previews today at the Avon Theatre.

Directed by Dora Award winner Chris Abraham and starring Dion Johnstone as Othello, Graham Abbey as Iago, Bethany Jillard as Desdemona and Deborah Hay as Emilia, I play the First Senator (who I’ve termed Stephano Magnifico) and the Second Cypriot Gentleman (“Tall” Rick Steves). [The nicknames are based on strange actor games – I like to give unnamed characters as “Steve” moniker, and Dylan likes his guys to be “Rick”s.]

The show runs through the middle of October at the Festival’s proscenium stage and features a revolving turntable floor manned by the cast.

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