Othello/Desdemona

Bonjour Citygaragistes,

Two exciting things this week. Another City Garage Classic for this weekend plus more information about our new talk show which launches on our YouTube channel Thursday, October 22nd, “Animal Farm: Conversations About Theater and Poltics with Steven Leigh Morris and Guests.”

First the City Garage Classic. We’re excited to bring you this weekend a production from 2016 “Othello/Desdemona” by Charles Duncombe, based on the Shakespeare. Here is information from the original press release:

“Othello, in the midst of an identity crisis, examines and rejects his status as a servant of the Venetian State. Hungry for political power, he experiments with the idea of self-identifying as white. Desdemona, a Lolita trapped in a caged bed, is a spoiled brat with a mind of her own and a hunger for fame. She’s still deeply in lust for the lover she’s lost, while he struggles with racism and white privilege. Egged on by Iago, hovering like a punk-rock bird of prey, and a sassy, transgender Emilia, this is a love story that, just as in Shakespeare, is going to end badly.”

Here is what the critics had to say:

“Those resolute renegades at City Garage have been tweaking the Bard all season in a triptych project they’re calling “The Winter of Our Discontent: Shakespeare in the Digital Age,” which concludes with “Othello/Desdemona…. Playwright, producer and production designer Charles A. Duncombe doesn’t so much deconstruct the tragedy of a noble Moor undone by manipulated jealousy as turn its interior workings into an irreverent dissertation on the post-millennial landscape…. With director Frédérique Michel and her valiant cast maintaining a jagged emotional pull beneath the High Performance austerity, “Othello/Desdemona” isn’t exactly shy about upending expectations…. It’s a starkly elegant, international-festival-ready staging…. undeniably unlike anything else in town.”

David C. Nichols, Los Angeles Times

“…reminiscent of Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and perhaps even more similar to the undercurrents in Anouilh’s Antigone, Duncombe’s work is a sort of shadow play that emphasizes different aspects of Othello that shift with the theme of the moment.”

Paul Birchall, Stage Raw

It will be showing on our City Garage YouTube channel from 8:00pm this Friday, October 16, through midnight on Wednesday, October 21st.

https://youtu.be/nmGKbQFPLhs
It’s free to view but we ask people to make a donation if they can through our Chuffed page:

https://chuffed.org/project/citygarage

And the latest on our new talk show with Steven Leigh Morris. The first two episodes will feature as guests, Jon Lawrence Rivera, Artistic Director of Playwrights’ Arena (10.22.2); and Rob Weinert-Kendt, editor of American Theatre Magazine (10.29.20). Check out the latest trailer!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18vSZ_-Kqcc

Have a question or topic you’d like to suggest? Click here and tell us what’s on your mind.

We’re also collecting your photos and videos of your pets and animals to be part of the show (It’s called “Animal Farm,” after all). So if you want to make your furry friend a star, send us your shorts and shots to animalfarm@citygarage.org

Finally, many thanks to our generous patron of this last week for his kind donation, Roger Marheine!

Merci, stay safe, wear a mask, and vote!

Love,

Frederique

(Left to right), RJ Jones, Kenzie Kilroy photo: Paul Rubenstein