Marin Shakespeare Company’s most passionate endeavors unite this summer in the theater company’s 2016 production of “Othello,” when former California State Prison inmate, Dameion Brown, makes his stage debut in title role in William Shakespeare's classic tragedy. Brown, who participated and performed in Marin
Shakespeare Company’s 2015 “Shakespeare at Solano” theater arts program at California State Prison, Solano, studied, pursued, auditioned and won the role of Othello, one of Shakespeare’s most complicated and enthralling characters.
“For a long time, we have hoped that one of our former prison actors would perform on our main stage. It’s hard to imagine a better way to showcase our first formerly incarcerated actor than with the role of Othello,” said Marin Shakespeare Company’s Artistic Director, Robert Currier.
A complex and powerful tale of betrayal, jealousy and manipulation, "Othello" follows the tragic transformation of a brave and honorable Moorish general driven to rage and regret when betrayed by his opportunistic and vengeful friend and ensign. The production also stars Cassidy Brown* as Iago, Luisa Frasconi* as Desdemona, Elena Wright* as Emilia and Jeff Wiesen* as Cassio.
Performances are presented outdoors 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 4 p.m. Sundays. The amphitheater opens one hour prior to show time for picnicking.
Audiences are encouraged to bring picnics or purchase snacks at the Theatre Cafe. Warm clothing, jackets and blankets are recommended for evening performances. Parking is free.
WHEN: Aug. 26 to Sept. 25, 2016
Previews: 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27; and 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 (All tickets $12)
Opening Night: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2
Dominican Night: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. Faculty, staff, alumni, part-time students $15 Performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 4 p.m. Sundays
Senior Day: 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 (Half price tickets for seniors)
Family Day: 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 (Youth 18 and under admitted free)
COST: $10 to $35
Admission at the door is $35 general; $32 senior; and $10 youth (25 and under). Preview performances are $12 per person. "Pay Your Age" is offered to audience members between the ages of 26 and 34 when purchasing tickets at the Box Office on the day of any performance, with valid identification. Marin Shakespeare Company also offers those 65 and over half-price tickets at Senior Matinees and those ages 18 and under admitted free at Family Matinee performances.
WHERE: Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at Dominican University of California
890 Belle Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901
*Member, Actors Equity Association
Photo by Steven Underwood