PRESS RELEASE: Othello

The Hilberry Theatre Presents the Classic Tragedy of Othello

Detroit Native Edmund Alyn Jones Featured in Title Role

Othello at the HilberryTheatre, Detroit

Endmund Alyn Jones (Othello) and Megan Dobbertin (Desdemona)
Photo: Kevin Replinger

DETROIT – The Hilberry Theatre continues its 50th season with William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, opening on Friday, October 26, 2012. Othello chronicles the downfall of the Moorish general at the hands of his lieutenant, Iago, through a plot fueled by jealousy and vengeance. As the story escalates, tensions rise and every loyalty is questioned. Othello will be running in rotating repertory with Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann Marie-MacDonald, a modern comedy involving Shakespeare’s famous tales. Patrons interested in seeing both shows can save $10 off the regular price when mentioning the coupon code 30R8. Individual tickets for Othello range from $12-$30 and are available by calling the Hilberry Theatre Box Office at (313) 577-2972, online at Hilberry.com, or by visiting the Wayne State University Theatres’ Box Office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Hancock.

William Shakespeare is often heralded as the national poet of England and is nicknamed the “Bard of Avon.” Othello, which is thought to have been written in 1603, is an adaptation of Un Capitano Moro, a short story by the Italian writer Cinthio. Othello’s storyhas proven to be a popular theatre production and has been adapted into several films, as well as a number of operas and ballets. Since the first performance on the stage in 1604, the tragedy of Othello has become synonymous with the themes of love and betrayal. According to Edmund Alyn Jones, who will be playing the role of Othello in the Hilberry production, there are parallels between the struggle of Othello and that of Detroit: “For Othello, nothing came easy for him. So in that sense, I definitely see a connection between him and Detroit.”

Jones, who played the title character two years ago in Richard III, is native to Detroit and earned his BFA from the University of Michigan. Before attending college, Jones was part of the acclaimed Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, which, due to the unavailability of drama programs while he was a student of grade school, was integral to his theatre education. Alongside the Hilberry Theatre, Edmund has also been involved in many other Detroit venues, such as the City Theatre, Music Hall, and the Gem Theatre.

Cast includes:

Edmund Alyn Jones (Othello), Megan Dobbertin (Desdemona), Alec Barbour (Iago), Danielle Cochrane (Emilia), Miles Boucher (Cassio), David Sterritt (Roderigo), Sarah Hawkins Moan (Bianca), Joe Plambeck (Brabantio), Topher Payne (Duke), Ty Mitchell (Lodovico), Brent Griffith (Gratiano), Brandon Grantz (Montano), Joshua Miller (Senator/Barkeep), Joshua Blake Rippy (Officer/Herald), Chris Call (Gentleman), Carl Ghigliazza (Attendant),and Adham Aljahmi (Attendant).

Production team includes:

Blair Anderson (Director), Veronica Zahn (Stage Manager), Leazah Behrens (Scenic Designer), Clare Hungate-Hawk (Costume Designer), Brian M. Scruggs (Lighting Designer), Heather DeFauw (Sound Designer), Curtis Green (Technical Director), and Kevin Replinger (Publicist).

About the Hilberry Theatre Company

The Hilberry Theatre Company is the nation’s only professional theatre company that is staffed by graduate students and runs on a rotating repertory schedule.  Each academic year, about forty or more graduate students receive assistantships to work for the Hilberry Theatre and study for advanced degrees from Wayne State University. The company performs an annual season of six plays, including high school matinees for nearly 6,000 students. In its 50-year history, four Hilberry productions have been selected to appear at the American College Theatre Festival. For box office hours and information on performances, tickets, group discounts, and corporate packages, visit the theatre’s website at www.hilberry.com.

The 2012-2013 Hilberry season is sponsored by CBS Outdoor, Between the Lines, and Encore Michigan.

Othello

By William Shakespeare

Calendar Information:

Tuesday 10 a.m.          Oct. 30, Nov. 20, Dec. 4 (Morning Matinees)
Wednesday 2 p.m.      Oct. 31 (Postshow Talkback)
Thursday 8 p.m.          Nov. 1 (Preshow Discussion), Dec. 6, Jan. 17 (Closing)Ot
Friday 8 p.m.               Oct. 26 (Opening Night), Nov. 2, 30, Dec. 7
Saturday 2 p.m.           Oct. 27, Dec. 8
Saturday 8 p.m.           Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Dec. 1, 8

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