Othello: From Page to Play

March 22, 2018

   In the halls, you may hear the murmur of seniors discussing the Shakespearean play, Othello.  The play is one of the required readings of the English 12 curriculum. If you are a student of Mr. Griffin’s, you know that he does his best to make the classes as engaging as possible, using supplemental material to help his students learn.  Mr. Griffin states that the best way to understand Shakespeare’s works is by seeing them on stage and not by reading them in a classroom setting. 
     When Mr. Griffin learned of Trinity Repertory Company’s version of Othello, he urged his students experience the classic literature that was being studied in class. The play focuses on many prevalent issues that plague society: racism, sexism, jealousy, and betrayal.
    Trinity Rep’s Othello was an exhilarating performance that was executed wonderfully. The first half, which was composed of the first three acts of the play, was steady paced and brought up many questions about Iago’s loyalty through his cunningly chilling take on the sly Shakespearean trickster. The final act left the audience in a complete sense of shock, with an abrupt ending.
     The title character was played by Jude Sandy. Sandy portrayed Othello’s demise into a smooth downfall of human morality in such a beautiful manner, it was hard to understand the true weight that Iago’s manipulations took on him. His performance was strong and portrayed Shakespeare's portrait of an unraveling mind amid a society engulfing and destroying its very best.
     . Rebecca Gibel stole the show in her strong and beautiful interpretation of Desdemona.  The modern-day women’s rights movement most likely influenced her performance. Desdemona struggles with being a female in a male dominated setting, even to the end of the play.  
     Instead of having Othello set in 1622, director Whitney White set Trinity’s production in the modern era. The result of her chilling retelling in modern time leads the audience to reflect upon humanity in many ways.
     Members in the LHS community that have seen this production have gained a deeper understanding of the work being studied within the English 12 curriculum.  There is a true magic when what you are learning in class transitions into the world outside of the classroom, and Othello’s legacy was exposed on the stage.

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