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Paul Menzer gives his audience a historical framework for the ways in which Othello has been cast, conceived, and performed over the past 200 years. His insights into the problematic nature of “black-face” interpretations of the character of Othello invite us to explore how the play has–from the moment it was first performed–forced audiences to come to terms with their own fears of interracial marriage and miscegenation. (more…)

David AlfordWhy did you want to direct Othello?

Well, it’s one of the masterpieces, I think, ranked right up there with Hamlet and Macbeth. And I think it’s probably the most intimate of his plays, from a psychological perspective. The major scenes are beautifully constructed, still very accessible to a modern audience. (more…)

Othello Cast and Crew | Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

One of Shakespeare’s most honorable heroes is matched with his most vicious villain in this compelling tragedy about the power of love to bring out the best –and the worst – inside us all. (more…)

“She loved me for the dangers I had passed, And I loved her that she did pity them. This only is the witchcraft I have used.” Othello (Act I, Scene iii)

“With a little web as this will I ensnare a great a fly as Cassio.” Iago (Act II, Scene iii)

“I will wear my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at.” Iago (Act I, Scene i) (more…)

Othello: “The Moor”; commander of the Venetian Army; husband of Desdemona

Iago: High-ranking soldier and trusted advisor of Othello; husband of Emilia

Desdemona: Bold daughter of Brabantio; wife of Othello

Emilia: Wife of Iago; attendant to Desdemona

Cassio: Othello’s right-hand man; young and intelligent military officer


Here upon is a story of a brother. And Josh will drop it like unto it will halt.

Executive Director Mary Ruth Marotte and Artistic Director Matt Chiorini appeared on Arts Scene, presented by UALR College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and UALR Public Radio.

Matt Chiorini’s interview begins at 16:05.

Artistic Director Matt Chiorini
Artistic Director Matt Chiorini

It’s a great group (as always) and I’m thrilled to be working with such an amazing group of artists.  I’ve been a theatre producer for 10 years now and I’ve found that the single most important consideration in putting together a company or cast or staff or team is whether or not they’re someone I’d like to hang out with.  (more…)

Executive Director Mary Ruth Marotte was awarded a Faculty Enhancement Grant by the UCA Foundation to bring in Renaissance scholar Dr. Paul Menzer to speak on opening night of AST’s production of Othello, June 25th, 2011. Dr. Menzer has worked for the Folger Shakespeare Library and the American Shakespeare Center.


Director: David Alford

Assistant Director: Kahle Reardon

Othello: Derrick Parker

Iago: David Alford

Desdemona: Paige Reynolds

Emilia: Heather Dupree

Bianca: Kahle Reardon

Cassio: Chris Crawford

Roderigo: Josh Rice

Duke Senator: Adam Frank


Director: Andrew Hamm

Assistant Director: Greg Antley

Rosalind: Amy Fritsche

Orlando: David Huynh

Celia: Christa Whitlow

Phebe: Caroline Mincks

Duke Senior: Jay Ruud

Jacques/Charles: Dan Matisa

Touchstone: Josh Rice (more…)

By Jessica Hodges

To show thanks for recent donations to the Arkansas Shakespeare Theater, a group of Hendrix students gave a ghost tour of downtown Conway. The patrons of AST were met at a local restaurant shortly after dark and led down the nearby, winding streets. (more…)

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