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The Othello

The Othello

Adapted by Y York. Based on Shakespeare

Product Code: O67000

  • Full-length Play
  • Tragedy
  • Cast size: 3m., 1w.
  • Awards: The Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award

Rights and availability
This title can be licensed and sold throughout the World.

* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

$8.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $80/perf

In stock

Synopsis

This story carefully takes apart and reveals the tragedy of the jealous man, the man who believes he can own another. "Far from the first to take one of Shakespeare's stories into a different era or cultural context, playwright Y York…[does] a masterful job of it here…[reframing] the story as a hip-hop love triangle…The key soliloquies are presented as modern G-rated rap. The lyrics are catchy. The emotions remain intact. York simplifies the plot as well. She redefines Iago, one of Shakespeare's most malevolent villains, as Desdemona's longtime friend and confidante. We learn that Iago was in love with Desdemona long before the exotic and dynamic Moor came into the picture and won her heart. In York's telling of the story, Iago's decision to destroy Othello is driven as much by his unrequited love for Desdemona as by Othello's promotion of Cassio. In short, it's that classic Frankie and Johnny, 'If I can't have you, nobody will,' thing. And so, it seems reasonable when Iago appears at one point to be wavering and actually willing to set his darkest schemes aside if he can just convince Desdemona to leave Othello and choose him. However, when Iago tells Desdemona that he loves her, she plays it off like he's joking and laughs in his face. At that point her fate is sealed." (Honolulu Star-Bulletin) The script contains both the rapped and prose versions of the soliloquies.

Details

  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code O67000
  • Cast Size 4
  • Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
  • Cost $8.95
  • Approx. Run Time 75 min

Categories

  • Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages)
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
  • Genre Tragedy
  • ISBN(13) 9781583423554
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.