OTHELLO THE REMIX Announces Cast
The Obsidian Theatre has announced the Houston premiere of The Q Brother's OTHELLO: The Remix, originally presented on Broadway by John Leguizamo. Brothers and collaborators JQ and GQ have a body of work that span 20 years adapting Shakespeare's work (Funk It Up About Nothin', I Heart Juliet , and The Bomb-itty of Errors.) "Since living and working in New York City, I've been a long time fan of the Q-Brothers and all of their material. When this project was presented to me by The Obsidian Theatre I was beyond excited to have the pristine opportunity to direct and choreograph such an iconic theatrical gem," said Bryan-Keyth Wilson
This fresh take on Shakespeare's tragedy is spun out and lyrically rewritten over original beats by The Q Brothers-America's leading re-interpreters of Shakespeare through hip-hop. Whether you're looking for a rockin' night of rhythm and rhyme or a new way to think about Shakespeare, OTHELLO: The Remix delivers an intense, high energy spin like no other.
The New York Times says, "This show is clever and exhubrantly performed mash-up of hip-hop and Shakespeare. The music pulses with life." The city of Houston is no stranger to Hip-Hop Music and this production will a lot an opportunity for Hip-Hop music fans and Shakespeare aficionados to meet in a collective space to witness a mash-up of street music and classical theatre. "I am a hip-hop music head and I have an affinity to the Bard's work, and now I have the creative opportunity to bring my two loves together. H-Town is a city rich with Hip-Hop culture that spans decades and I plan to pay homage to "Screwston," Bryan-Keyth Wilson said.
The cast includes: Aaron Phillips as Othello, Brett Hart as Iago, Jeremiah C. Gray as Cassio, Dom Hernandez as Roderigo and Ya-Ya Smith as DJ Absolute. Creative team includes Bryan-Keyth Wilson (Director, Choreographer, Costume/ Light Designer), Ya-Ya Smith (Associate Director), Emauri Baker (Assistant Choreographer).