The Old Globe Announces Full Cast and Creative Team of OTHELLO

(from left) Richard Thomas stars as Iago, Blair Underwood as Othello, and Kristen Connolly as Desdemona. by Jim Cox.

L-R: Richard Thomas stars as Iago, Blair Underwood as Othello, and Kristen Connolly as Desdemona in Othello. Photo credit: Jim Cox.

The Old Globe has announced the complete cast of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Othello, directed by artistic director Barry Edelstein. Joining the previously announced Blair Underwood in the title role, Richard Thomas as Iago, and Kristen Connolly as Desdemona are Broadway and Globe veterans Noah Bean (Michael Cassio; Yellow Face, “Damages”), Jonny Orsini (Roderigo; The Nance), Mark Pinter (The Duke of Venice; the Globe’s Hamlet and Charley’s Aunt), Angela Reed (Emilia; Rock ‘n’ Roll, the Globe’s August: Osage County), and Mike Sears (Brabantio, Gratiano; La Jolla Playhouse’s Sideways and His Girl Friday).

In addition, the cast will include Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program actors Erin Elizabeth Adams (Bianca), Jamal Douglas (Othello’s Aide-de-Camp), Kushtrim Hoxha (Montano), Patrick Zeller (Lodovico), and in the ensemble: Meaghan Boeing, Lindsay Brill, Charlotte Bydwell, Lowell Byers, Adam Gerber, Stephen Hu, Tyler Kent, Robbie Simpson and Megan M. Storti. 

The creative team includes Wilson Chin (scenic design), Katherine Roth (costume design), Stephen Strawbridge (lighting design), Acme Sound Partners with Jason Crystal (sound design), Curtis Moore (original music), Ryan Nestor (music director), Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (fight director), Ursula Meyer (voice and text coach), Tara Rubin Casting (casting), and Leila Knox (stage manager).

From New York’s Shakespeare in the Park to Balboa Park, artistic director Barry Edelstein makes his outdoor directorial debut in The Old Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre with one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. Despite the prejudices in Venice, the brilliant general Othello excels both on the battlefield and in the halls of state. But when he marries Desdemona, his envious lieutenant Iago sets in motion a diabolical plan to destroy him. Edelstein gives us a riveting, intense, and intimate production where poetry soars and swords clash, where true love and wrenching jealousy collide.

“The gifted actors who have assembled for Othello this summer make the case for the Globe’s preeminence among American Shakespeare theatres,” said Edelstein. “This talented company, led by Blair Underwood, Richard Thomas, and Kristen Connolly, grace our stage with their skills and imagination, and it’s my honor both to direct them and also to welcome them to San Diego.”

Performances run June 22 – July 27, with Opening Night on Saturday, June 28 at 8:00 pm. For tickets go to or call (619) 23-GLOBE.


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