Othello (Folger Theatre, 2011)

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Folger Theatre produced William Shakespeare's Othello, directed by Robert Richmond, composed by Anthony Chochrane, from October 18 to December 14, 2011.

Owiso Odera (Othello) and Ian Merrill Peakes (Iago), Othello, directed by Robert Richmond, Folger Theatre, 2011. Photo by James Kegley.

The Production

The production was nominated for one Helen Hayes Award, "Outstanding Lighting Design, Resident Production," for Andrew F. Griffin.

Entertainment unions represented in Folger Theatre productions include The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, United Scenic Artists (**), and the Actors' Equity Association (*), which includes members of the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.


  • Jeff Allin*: Brabantio
  • Janie Brookshire*: Desdemona
  • Louis Butelli*: Roderigo
  • Zehra Fazal: Bianca
  • Chris Genebach*: Montano
  • Joe Guzman*: Lodovico
  • Thomas Keegan*: Cassio
  • Owiso Odera*: Othello
  • Ian Merrill Peakes*: Iago
  • Karen Peakes*: Emilia
  • Todd Scofield*: The Duke, Gratiano


  • Blair Bowers: Desdemona
  • Danny Clackley: Cassio, Montano
  • JaBen Early: Othello
  • Allison Galen: Bianca, Emilia
  • Chris Genebach*: Iago
  • Gregory Magee: Brabantio, Lodovico
  • Scott Alan Small: Roderigo, The Duke, Gratiano

Creative Team

  • William Shakespeare, Playwright
  • Robert Richmond, Director
  • Anthony Chochrane, Composer
  • Tony Cisek**, Scenic Design
  • William Ivey Long**, Costume Design
  • Andrew F. Griffin**, Lighting Design
  • Matthew M. Nielson**, Sound Design
  • Casey Dean Kaleba, Fight Choreographer
  • Michele Osherow, Resident Dramaturg
  • Che Wernsman*, Production Stage Manager

Production Team

  • Lisa Forrest, Casting Assistant
  • Sasha Brätt, Assistant Director
  • Megan Behm, Assistant to the Director
  • Eric Arnold, Assistant Stage Manager
  • Kirsten Parker, Production Assistant
  • Allison Bucca & Alex Calvin, Dramaturg Assistants
  • Gary Logan, Voice Coach
  • Daniel da Cruz Pinha, Scenic Design/Prop Master
  • Bella Faccia, Scenery Construction
  • Rosebrand, Drapery Fabrication
  • Mariana Fernandez, Scenic Change
  • Melissa Wunder, Prop Assistant
  • Mariah Hale, Associate Costume Designer
  • Donald Sanders, WIL Studio Director
  • Adalia Vera Tonneyck, Costume Assistant/Wardrobe Head
  • Stephanie Levin, Costume Intern
  • Sara Jane Palmer, Wardrobe/Wig Assistant
  • Heather Fleming, Wig Designer
  • Amber Meade, Master Electrician
  • Brian Allard, Karen Bilotti, Garth Dolan, & Reuven Goren, Electricians
  • Karen Bilotti, Light Board Operator
  • Matthew M. Nielson, Sound Head
  • Brandon Roe, Sound Board Operator
  • James Kegley, Promotional Photography
  • Carol Pratt, Production Photography
  • Mark Fastoso & Heather Daniels, Promotional Video
  • WAPAVA: Archival Recording
  • C2 Inc., Open Captioning

Folger Theatre

  • Janet Griffin, Aristic Producer
  • Beth Emelson, Assistant Artistic Producer
  • Giuseppe DeBartolo, General Manager
  • Charles Flye, Theatre Production Manager
  • Rebekah Sheffer, Assistant Technical Director

Other media

Watch the trailer for this production of Othello.

See Owisa Odero (Othello) and Ian Merrill Peakes (Iago) perform Act III, Scene 3, the famed "Green-eyed monster" scene.

Learn about the presence of music in Shakespeare's play.

Learn about the weaponry featured in the production.