A small antique handkerchief dotted with strawberries, Othello’s first token of affection as a suitor to the fair Desdemona, becomes proof positive in later days that convinces Othello that Desdemona, now his wife, has been unfaithful. The seeds of doubt have been planted well and watered liberally by Iago, in his master plot to seek revenge on Othello, his liege and commander.

 To enter deeply into the devious mind of Iago, a devilishly clever Jesse J. Perez, attend an outdoor, under the stars, performance of William Shakespeare’s dramatic tragedy “Othello” that was presented by Shakespeare on the Sound in Rowayton at Pickney Park until June 26 and will continue July 2-11, evenings at 7:30 p.m., except Mondays, at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, 100 Arch Street, Greenwich. The park opens at 4 p.m.

Iago is the master manipulator, the supreme puppeteer, who orchestrates his vicious plot to repay Othello for promoting Cassio (Brian Tyree Henry) over him.  Iago doesn’t take defeat well. For him, ambition is everything.

For his part Othello, brought to commanding life by Victor Williams, is all too quick to swallow whole the scurrilous lies about his lady that Iago spreads.  One moment his Desdemona, a adoring and valiant Stephanie Fieger, is his greatest love and the next his hated strumpet.

Iago successfully poisons all the minds in his circle, including Roderigo (Nat McIntyre), Emilia (Stephanie DiMaggio) and Brabantio (Triney Sandoval), causing innocents to die, to further his personal vendetta.  Director Joanna Settle moves the action swiftly and well to its bloody conclusion, adding original music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald to lend excitement to this betrayal in Venice.

Bring chairs, blankets and picnics to sit under the stars and enjoy this hearty taste of Shakespearian tragedy.  For more information and directions, go online to info@shakespeareonthesound.org or call 203-299-1300. The performance is free but donations are suggested of $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. A limited number of reserved seats are available for $50. Wine is allowed and ice cream and snacks can be purchased.  New this year in Greenwich Aux Delices will sell picnic fare and beverages, including wine and beer.

Find out what happens when Othello loves not too wisely but too well, believing Iago is “most honest” when he says Desdemona is a devil rather than the angel she truly is.


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