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LANSING – The American Shakespeare Collective is pleased to announce its inaugural production of Shakespeare's "Othello." Performances will take place at Dart Auditorium on the campus of Lansing Community College July 23-29 and Aug. 2-5, with performances Wednesday through Sunday as a part of LCC's annual Summer Stage presentation.
TASC is extremely pleased to be partnering with Lansing Community College in its first production. "Being a Lansing-based theater company, it was appropriate and important to us that we had a strong connection with a local institution. When the opportunity arose to be a part of LCC's Summer Stage, we jumped at the chance," said co-artistic director Tommy Gomez. "Our roots are here in Lansing, and this helps us fulfill our mission of bringing innovative and brave Shakespeare productions to our local audience."
Since the initial public readings of the play at Schuler Books, the Renegade Theatre Festival and at the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference, TASC has continued to explore and research the themes of sexual jealousy, voyeurism, male passion and truth inherent in the play. This production represents the crucible of that exploration, resulting in a six-actor, highly charged and impassioned presentation of one of Shakespeare's most beloved plays.
Theater students from LCC, MSU and the U of M will also figure in the TASC residency and production of "Othello". The selected students will receive Shakespeare Master Classes conducted by TASC company members, observe rehearsals and will understudy all the roles in "Othello." The understudy company will also present a public performance of the play. Said John Neville-Andrews, co-artistic director, "This educational component of our work is a part of our intent to provide a focal point for innovatively educating young people in the classical themes, heightened language, and evocative stories inherently found in Shakespeare and a broad range of classic plays. What better place to start then right here at LCC and in our premiere production."
TASC is comprised of high caliber theater professionals, both local and from around the nation, including directors, actors and authors, as well as a choreographer, dramaturge and fight director. TASC members involved in "Othello" are Vincent Murphy, director; Tommy Gomez as Othello; Christina Traister as Desdemona; Mark Colson as Iago; and Margaret Daly as the Duchess of Venice, Emilia and Bianca.
"Othello" will be performed at Dart Auditorium on the campus of Lansing Community College, at 500 North Capital, Lansing.
Tickets are $15 general seating and $12 for seniors and students. For tickets or information, call Arts Tickets Tuesday – Friday from noon – 4 p.m. at 517-372-0945 or log on to www.artstickets.org.