Ninjaz of Drama is proud to present OTHELLO The Moor of Venice By William Shakespeare The greatest tragedy in the English language
Directed by Rey Carolino
THE TRAGEDY OF OTHELLO, THE MOOR OF VENICE Beginning in Venice, Italy and concluding at the island of Cyprus off the coast of Turkey, the play focuses on four central characters- Othello, a Moorish General of the Venetian armed forces and his new young wife Desdemona; Cassio, his lieutenant, and his trusted ensign, Iago.
SYNOPSIS Passed over for a promotion and enraged at other perceived slights Iago conjures up a horrific plan of revenge against his General. He successfully convinces the Moor into believing his wife is carrying on an affair with his lieutenant. At first doubtful and confused, Othello succumbs to Iago's gross insinuations and diatribes. Set upon the breaking point Othello orders the assassination of Cassio and in a fit of irrational passion murders his loyal and loving wife who declares her innocence in her dying breath. Iago commits his own horrors by killing a corrupt colleague and his own wife Emilia who discovered his crime against Othello and Desdemona.
With its timely themes of love, jealousy, racism, and betrayal, Othello for more than 400 hundred years has been performed by professional companies and amateur performing groups to high school productions and has been reinterpreted for film, dance, and television and continues to influence artists, performers, and writers.
San Francisco actor, playwright, director Rey Carolino stages this enduring classic of world theater in a contemporary setting at the beautiful and intimate 49 seat Phoenix Theatre in San Francisco's historic Theater District near Union Square with a cast of wonderful Bay Area talent featuring San Francisco Shakespeare Festival regulars David Abad as Iago and Livia DeMarchi as Desdemona, and New York born actor Federico Edwards in the title role of Othello. With original music by Ted Speros.
CAST Federico Edwards as Othello David Abad as Iago Livia DeMarchi as Desdemona Yelena Segal as Emilia Jonathan King as Cassio Myles Wynn as Roderigo Leon Setti as Brabantio, Officer, Gratiano Ethan Haslam as Duke of Venice, Montano Scott Ludwig as Lodovico, Senator, Officer Antonette Bracks as Bianca, Senator, Emilia US Andi David as Senator, Officer, Attendant, Bianca US Pam Mangan as Venetian Woman, Cyprus Woman Rachael Heiman as Sailor, Attendant
Derek Raskin, Stage Manager
FEDERICO EDWARDS (Othello) comes from New York City and is a veteran of East and West Coast stage productions. Roles of note include "George Garga" in In the Jungle of Cities by Bertolt Brecht, "Jason" in Medea" by Euripedes, "Monsieur Loyale" in Tartuffe by Moliere, "Tiresias, the Prophet" in Antigone by Sophocles "The Beast/Prince" in Beauty and the Beast, "Harry Chester" in Nina and the Monsters, and "Nick Bottom" in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream.
DAVID ABAD (Iago) is a native of San Francisco, has performed all over the West Coast with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Sierra Repertory Theatre and California Theatre Center. He also appears on computer screens as the snide Toltec Chamberlain in Maxis' CD- ROM game The Crystal Skull, starring Edward James Olmos.
LIVIA DEMARCHI (Desdemona, Asst Director) recently played Queens "Hippolyta/Queen Titania" in A Midsummer Nights Dream at the Phoenix Theatre. Other Shakespeare credits: "Gertrude" in Hamlet, "Tybalt/Lady Capulet" in Romeo and Juliet both with SF Shakes's Shakespeare on Tour, "Desdemona" in Othello at Macunaima Theatre in Sao Paulo, Brazil and "Helena" in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Livia has also worked with Theatre Rhinoceros, Sonoma County Rep, Exit Theatre, Playwright's Center of SF, Ross Valley Players, Subterranean Shakespeare among others.
YELENA SEGAL (Emilia) is from originally from Kyrgystan and is a Bay Area resident. She holds a BA in Theatre from SFSU. She recently played "Claudine" in Moliere's George Dandin and "Venus" in Venus in Furs (adapted from the novella by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch) at SF's Victoria Theatre, the title role in Medea at the St. Boniface Theatre, "Titania" in A Midsummer Nights Dream at the Phoenix Theatre, and in the chorus of the Berkeley Opera's Aida.
JONATHAN BRUCE KING (Cassio) makes his Ninjaz of Theater debut in Othello, The Moor of Venice. He recently appeared as "Orestes" in the Oresteia Fractum, a new rock opera adaptation of the Greek trilogy at CCSF. He has also appeared as "El Gallo" in The Fantasticks at CCSF and the chorus in HMS Pinnafore with the Lamplighters. Other select past credits include "Jimmy" in Thoroughly Modern Millie with the King's Players in London, UK, and "Anthony" in The House of Yes at the A.E. Hotchner Studio Theater in St. Louis. He earned his B.A. in Theater Arts from Washington University in St. Louis where he was active in both the theater dept and his award-winning cappella group, The Stereotypes. He is ever thankful for his parent's ongoing love and support.
MYLES WYNN (Roderigo) is excited about working with Ninjaz of Drama and the Phoenix Theater in their production of Othello. He recently performed in the Oresteia Franctum at City College of San Francisco. Myles received his BA in Theater Arts from the University of California Santa Cruz, and has had four years of acting training at City College of San Francisco under the tutelage of John Wilk. He also participated in an internship with Marin Shakespeare Company where he performed in Henry IV Part I and Part II. Myles is glad to be back in a Shakespeare play again.
LEON SETTI (Brabantio, Officer, Gratiano) has appeared in many classical and original works in the performing arts. Shakespearean productions include Hamlet as "Polonius", The Tempest as "Gonsalvo", Romeo and Juliet as "Friar Laurence", The Winter's Tale as "The Shepherd", and Twelfth Night as "Sir Toby Belch". Other shows include Tony n' Tina's Wedding as "Father Mark, The Birds as "Pisthetairos", and Samuel Beckett's radio play Words and Music as "Joe/Words'. In the ballet Romeo and Juliet Mr. Setti appeared on stage with Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev. As a Dancing Santa, Leon sang back-up for Carol Channing.
ETHAM HASLAM (Duke of Venice, Montano) is thrilled to be appearing in his first show at Phoenix Theater and with director Rey Carolino. He has studied acting with SF Shakes, the New Conservatory Theater, and A.C.T.'s Young Conservatory and attends Lick-Wilmerding HS in San Francisco. Shakespeare credits include "Theseus" in A Midsummer Night's Dream, "Prospero" in The Tempest, "Orlando" in As You Like It, "Dromio" of Syracuse in A Comedy of Errors, and "Sir Andrew Aguecheek" in Twelfth Night. He has also appeared in Getting Out, The Actor's Nightmare, and Alice In Wonderland. He plans to study acting in college.
SCOTT LUDWIG (Lodovico, Senator, Officer) received his BA in drama from San Francisco State University and has worked as an actor, director, and designer for companies across the bay area. Past roles include "Lord Alfred Douglass" in Gross Indecency: the Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, "Colonel Vershinen" in The Three Sisters, and "Oberon in A Midsummer Nights Dream". Directing credits include The Blue Room, Macbeth, Henry IV part 2, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Scott currently works at the TechShop in San Jose and occasionally as a freelance designer in San Francisco.
ANTONETTE BRACKS (Bianca, Senator, Officer, Emilia Understudy) is a full time artist currently performing daily with Kaisers Educational Theater Program. She recently played "Cinderella" in the African American Shakespeare Theater Company's Production of Cinderella. She has also worked with Fusion Theater Co., Brown Bag Theater Co. and Shotgun Players. She looks forward to her first production with Ninjaz of Drama and is excited to work with them again in the future!
ANDI DAVID (Senator, Officer, Attendant, Bianca Understudy) has been a part of the acting world for 8 years; recently graduating from Academy of Art University with a BFA in Motion Picture and Television: Film Acting. She is currently working in theatre but has dipped into film, voiceover and screenwriting as well. This is Andi's second Ninjas of Drama play, having played Dr. Helsing in Mr. Rey Carolino's Nina and the Monsters back in 2010. She has always had a passion for Shakespeare and, in addition to Othello, will be performing the role of "Titania" in A Midsummer Night's Dream under the direction of Mr. Scott Ludwig. Andi wishes to thank her family and friends who come to see the show and have supported her passion for the arts.
PAM MANGAN (Venetian Woman, Cyprian Woman, Musician) is excited to be in this production in which is her first performance in San Francisco. She spends much of her working hours training and supporting non-profit box office operations and is on the board for Not Quite Opera Productions- she loves theater, can't you tell? She sends a big THANKS to her amazing boyfriend and goofy dog for making every day amazing.
REY CAROLINO (Director), a native of San Francisco, has been active in theater for more than 20 years as an actor, playwright, director and producer. Among his directing and producing credits include Tennessee William's Vieux Carre and A Streetcar Named Desire, Euripedes's Medea, Christopher Fry's The Lady's not for Burning, Beauty and the Beast, Nina and the Monsters, and William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
About the Ninjaz of Drama:
NINJAZ OF DRAMA, a proud Company member of Theatre Bay Area, is a San Francisco bound yet nomadic acting ensemble performing out of different venues throughout the City staging both classical and original works of theatre for both adult and family audiences. Created in 2007 by actors Mark Hidzick, Ted Speros, and Rey Carolino, this group is peopled by an ever changing company of actors, dancers, musicians, singers, designers, stage directors, producers, and technicians consisting of college and high school students, retirees, teachers, and impassioned people from all walks of life who band together to experience in the intense appreciation and performance of live theater.
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