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November 4, 2011 > Chabot College presents "Othello" in the round

Chabot College presents "Othello" in the round

Submitted By Patricia Russell, Photo by Rachel LePell

The Chabot College Theater Arts Department will present "Othello," one of Shakespeare's great tragedies, November 9 through 13 in the Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center.

Often regarded as Shakespeare's most intimate tragedy, "Othello" will be presented in an intimate theater-in-the round staging, according to Director and Theater Arts Instructor Rachel LePell. In this "arena" configuration, audience members surround the play's action. "The intimate seating will allow the actors and audience to feel each others' presence in a new way, enriching the impact of this classic tragedy," she said.

The tragedy explores themes of racism, love, jealousy and betrayal, and features one of Shakespeare's most infamous villains, Iago. "Othello" begins after the secret marriage between Desdemona, daughter of a senator, and Othello, the Moor of Venice, who is a general in the Venetian army. When Othello promotes Michael Cassio to be his lieutenant, the ambitious Iago is enraged and plots to manipulate Othello and sow seeds of jealousy and mistrust.

Student cast members include: Erick Crawford, Othello; Youssef Riahi, Iago; Taylor Melville, Desdemona; Ariel Conkel, Emilia; Alex Skinner, Cassio; Fernando Cuellar, the Duke of Venice; "Blak," Brabantio; Stephan Reznat, Montano; Andrew Buenrostro, Lodovico; Nicole Torres, Bianca; Ashraf Dahud, Gratiano; and Aaron Camacho, the clown.

The executive team includes: Dov Hassan, scenic designer; Sean Gallagher, light designer; Linda Amayo, costume designer; and Taylor Snyder, stage manager.

Language Arts Instructor Emeritus Dennis Chowenhill is the dramaturg for the show - assisting with the understanding and analysis of the text. LePell hinted that she and Chowenhill might make a sneak appearance in the production.

Tickets are available at the door for $15, general admission, and $10 for seniors/staff/students with I.D. Parking is $2. For more information please call (510)723-6830. To learn more about the production and the theater arts program, please visit

November 9 - 13
November 9-12: 7:30 p.m.
November 12 and 13: 2 p.m.

Chabot College
Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center
25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward.
(510) 723-6830

Tickets: $10 - $15
Parking: $2

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