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Staff PickOthello

September 14, 2016 - October 9, 2016

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Black. Muslim. Outsider. These are the labels Shakespeare’s most famous Moor has carried with him as he’s climbed the military ranks. Having survived battle after battle in faraway lands, Othello’s greatest tragedy lies in those closest to him: his trusted friend, his beloved wife—and himself. In his Cal Shakes directorial debut, artistic director Eric Ting confronts our society’s fear of “the other” head on in this gripping and provocative interpretation of Othello.

Othello Special Events
All events take place at the Bruns Amphitheater unless otherwise noted.

First Look, Saturday, September 10, 7-9pm
Get a First Look into the process of creating the production the week before performances begin. Come together at the Bruns and enjoy the grounds on a Saturday evening, where Artistic Director Eric Ting will moderate a Q&A with select designers, followed by a sneak peek at a technical rehearsal in progress.

Pay-What-You-Can Preview, Wednesday, September 14, 8pm
The first preview of each show is a special Pay-What-You-Can performance. Tickets are first-come, first-served, and available beginning at 6pm day of show only; to purchase, call the Cal Shakes Box Office at 510.548.9666 or visit the Bruns Amphitheater Box Office. Supply is limited.

Educator Night, Thursday, September 15, 6pm
Cal Shakes Artistic Learning offers an evening specifically designed for classroom teachers interested in using theater to enliven classes for their students. See our production of Othello for $25, attend a one-hour workshop with Cal Shakes teaching artists, and enjoy a wine and cheese reception. To book tickets, contact Box Office Manager Derik Cowan at 510.548.3422 x103 or

Opening Night Post-Show Party, September 17, following the 8pm performance
Experience the excitement of the opening night performance and then mingle with the cast and creative team at a complimentary post-show party.

Open-captioned performance, Wednesday, September 21, 7:30pm
Special seating and opening-captioning for hearing-impaired patrons, who can read the text and dialogue on a digital screen. Purchase tickets for section A online or call the Box Office at 510.548.9666. For groups of 10 or more, email or call 510.809.3290.

Meet the Artists, Sundays, September 18 and October 2, following the 4pm performance
Audience members enjoy an opportunity to engage in a lively discussion about the production with cast members following select 4pm matinee performances. Free and open to all.

“The Construction of Gender: The Impact of Toxic Masculinity in Society”, Saturday, September 24, 4:30pm
This event will explore season-wide representations of manhood, the construction of masculinity in our society and the ways in which we can find alternative forms of manhood that actively confront gender violence.

InSight Matinee, Sunday, September 25, following the 4pm matinee
Explore the world of the play through an informal dialogue with the production’s dramaturg following select 4pm performances. Free and open to all.

Grove Talks, 45 minutes before each performance
Led by resident Grove Talks speakers, these free, informal 20-minute talks are held on site 45 minutes before each and every performance in the ADA-accessible Grove Talk grove, offering invaluable insight into the play and the production.

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September 14, 2016
October 9, 2016
$ - See event website
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Bruns Amphitheater
100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, CA 94563 United States
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