"Villainy is a virtue...
Jealousy is a sin...
Passion is a crime"

Directed by Sasha Brätt

OCTOBER 2 - 20, 2013

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"This is a good, sturdy production that proves easy to understand and follow and would serve as a particularly good introduction to Shakespeare, especially to students and others who have been turned off to Shakespeare by encounters with lackluster or unintelligible productions. ...This venture into more serious Shakespeare has been quite a leap, but it reflects the relentless ambitions of this company that is willing to push it boundaries and test its mettle."     -- Andrew Beck, Hartford Arts Examiner

"Not your daddy's Shakespeare" "accessible, well-paced, thoughtful" --Jacques Lamarre, BroadwayWorld.com

.."reinforce" (Shakespeare's) "relevance and insight into who we are, what we do, and why we do it, this may be a version to add to your experience." --K.J. Rogowski, In the Spotlight

"Director Sasha Brätt moves the action swiftly to its bloody conclusion, a world of war where innocents are punished as quickly as the guilty.  This is a masterful cast at work." -- Bonnie Goldberg, CT Critics Circle

"Coiner's Iago takes over the play while scaring us with the efficiency of his plot and entertaining us with the deviltry of his wit." -- Gil Gigliotti, CT Wit
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In this fast-paced, two hour, brutal and honest telling of OTHELLO, we will enter a world of war that we know all too well, and see the power that love, jealousy, passion and pride have over our lives...and how no one is safe from the consequences of these passions!

"And what's he then that says I play the villain?" Whose actions are not justified? Who is innocent? Who can say that they do not play the villain?


OCT 2013
7:30pm (Preview)
7:30pm (Preview)
(Opening Nite)
Talk Back with the cast



Talk Back with the cast

Talk Back with the cast


Tom CoinerTOM COINER* (Iago) Playhouse on Park debut. Geva Theatre: Rob (BOOK CLUB PLAY), Tom (PERFECT WEDDING); Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Aviator (THE LITTE PRINCE), Dromio of Ephesus (COMEDY OF ERRORS); National Theatre Conservatory: Jaques (AS YOU LIKE IT), Vershinin (THREE SISTERS), Jack Tanner (MAN AND SUPERMAN). TV: Boardwalk Empire. Tom is a graduate of Kenyon College and the Denver Center's National Theatre Conservatory MFA Program.

RJ FosterRJ FOSTER* (Othello) Playhouse on Park debut. Film/television credits include Guiding Light, Fringe, Damages, Blue Bloods, Made in Jersey, and the independent film Choice. Theater credits: Bank Street Theater: EDWARD II, CAVE DWELLERS, TOYS IN THE ATTIC; Pearl Theater Company: HAMLET; Bristol Riverside Theatre: TWELFTH NIGHT; Lincoln Center Atrium: LIFE OF GALILEO; Metropolitan Playhouse: DEEP ARE THE ROOTS; Gallery Players: OTHELLO; The Shakespeare Forum: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.

Jennifer PolanskyJENNIFER POLANSKY (Emilia) Playhouse on Park debut. Classical Theatre Project: Juliet (ROMEO & JULIET). Jennifer is happy to be getting back to her theatre roots after branching out and gaining a strong presence in the film and TV world. All material can be seen at www.JenniferPolansky.ca

Celine HeldCELINE HELD (Desdemona) Playhouse on Park Debut. NYU Tisch: Lady Macbeth (MACBETH), Sylvia (TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA), Paula (DINNER AT EIGHT); Lee Strasberg Theater: Karin (THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT), Tina (WONDERFUL PARTY); Pittsburgh Stage: Laurey (OKLAHOMA!), Eve (CHILDREN OF EDEN). Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, The Classical Studio, ITW Amsterdam: 2012 NYU Tisch. For Neema.

TED D'AGOSTINO (Lodovico/Duke of Venice) Playhouse on Park: Bogart (PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM), Carlson (OF MICE AND MEN), MC Dog (GO, DOG, GO). Pacific Repertory Theatre: TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, Nick (WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLFFE?); Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM; Shakespeare Santa Cruz: Titus Lartius (CORIOLANUS), Lennox (MACBETH). Ted is also the voice of the popular character NIGHTMARE, from the best selling video game Soul Calibur II.

Aidan EastwoodAIDAN EASTWOOD (Cassio) Previously appeared in Theatre Uncut at Playhouse on Park. Mainestage Shakespeare: Hamlet (HAMLET), Iago (OTHELLO), Benvolio (ROMEO AND JULIET); Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts: Claudio (MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING), Proteus (TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA); Stella Adler Studio of Acting: Norman (THE NORMAN CONQUESTS), Lucky (WAITING FOR GODOT), Angelo (MEASURE FOR MEASURE). Aidan is a New York based actor happy to be working back in his home state on one of the best plays ever written.

Emily KronEMILY KRON (Bianca) Playhouse on Park: Frenchie/Chanteuse (CABARET). New York: Atlantic Theater: THE EUROPEANS (American Premiere); Primary Stages: RED LIGHT WINTER; Robert Moss Theater: BRENDA; Cherry Lane Theater: SWEET TOOTH; Exit Persued by a Bear: THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES; LaMaMa: LOVE IN A TUB; NYTW: GARDENPLAYS. Regional: Williamstown Theater Festival: TROUBLE TALES, MORPHEUS QUARTET; Westchester SB Theater: THE LAST FIVE YEARS. TV/Film: Gossip Girl; Game Lands; It Starts With Your Breath. Emily has also performed in several live concert events at Ars Nova and the Highline Ballroom. Emily has a BA from Middlebury College and hails from NYC. Emilykron.com

Troy PeckhamTROY PECKHAM (Montano) Playhouse on Park: King Midas (METAMORPHOSES). 133rd St Art Center: Chebutykin (THREE SISTERS); Polonious (HAMLET); The Secret Theatre: Valet (NO EXIT); Northern Illinois Mainstage: Malvolio (TWELFTH NIGHT). Troy studied theatre at Interlochen Arts Academy and received his BFA in acting at Northern Illinois University.

Austin SeayAUSTIN SEAY (Roderigo) Playhouse on Park debut. Austin is extremely excited to be working with everyone at Playhouse on Park! In the past year he graduated with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and was awarded for Theatre Excellence in Undergraduate Performance. His favorite credits include John Merrick (THE ELEPHANT MAN) and Juliet (SHAKESPEARE'S R&J). Other previous credits include Fluellen (HENRY V), Lucientio/Grumio (TAMING OF THE SHREW), Speed (TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA), Elliot (APARTMENT 3A), Rich (SAILOR'S SONG), Chase (FINER NOBLE GASES), Tom (FAT PIG). He would like to thank his family, friends, and Lisa Price for all their love!

Rob TrompROB TROMP (Brabantio) Playhouse on Park Debut. Actor's Theater of Columbus: Danforth (THE CRUCIBLE), Egeon (COMEDY OF ERRORS); Shanghai Repertory Theater: Scrooge (A CHRISTMAS CAROL); East West Theater: Stage Manager (OUR TOWN), Harry Brewer (OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD), Man 1 (THE DINING ROOM); Stagecoach Theater: Arles et al (GREATER TUNA). Recent transplant to CT via Columbus and Shanghai.

Patrick David WheelerPATRICK DAVID WHEELER (Gratiano) Playhouse on Park Debut. The Repertory Theater: Leo Clark (LEADING LADIES), Jerry (ZOO STORY); CCSU: Tom Joad (THE GRAPES OF WRATH), Adam (THE SHAPE OF THINGS), Gregory Samson (MURDER FOR HIRE - original cast). In his fledgling career, Patrick has worked as an actor, director, fight choreographer and/or writer for over 35 productions around CT, and while he aspires to be a theater maker in NYC quite soon, he is thrilled to be making his professional acting debut here at the Playhouse!

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

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