Sunday, July 3, 2011

Othello at Highland Bowl

The Shakespeare Players, a program of the Rochester Community Players, is presenting Shakespeare's tragedy Othello this summer as our 15th annual Free Shakespeare at the Highland Bowl. The production is being directed by Stephanie Roosa and produced by Patrick White. This production is co-sponsored by the Monroe County Parks Department.

Twelve performances of Othello are scheduled, from July 1 to July 16. All performances are free (donations are requested) and start at 8:00 PM. The performance will take place at the Highland Park Bowl, 1200 South Avenue, Rochester NY (corner of South Avenue and Robinson Blvd.) The performance schedule:

Friday July 1
Saturday July 2

Sunday July 3
Tuesday July 5
Wednesday July 6
Friday July 8
Saturday July 9
Sunday July 10
Tuesday July 12
Wednesday July 13
Friday July 15
Saturday July 16


Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and settle in . . .

Yesterday, Peter and I ventured to Highland Bowl to see this year's Shakespeare Players, a program of Rochester Community Players production of William Shakespeare's Othello.

I thought it was a strong cast, especially actors: Jonathan Ntheketha as Othello, Jeffrey Jones as Iago, Philip Ortolani as Cassio and Jeff Siuda as Roderigo.

I'm always intrigued by Iago's motives. He is a true villain. His jealousy and retaliation is greater than what originally insulted him. The slight he suffers for being passed over festers and festers. His mind is consumed with his desire for revenge. And, it's at any cost.

They had a few trouble spots with audio/ microphones. And a threat of rain, just a few drops just before the intermission. Some people left, but we stayed. The show ended near 11 p.m. Or that's the time I noticed when we got into our car.

This group of players will be presenting Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Oct 27-Nov 19, 2011, at MuCCC. Something to look forward to in the Fall.

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