“It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul…”
Internationally acclaimed director Ron Daniels joins STC to helm Othello, Shakespeare’s tale of jealousy, duplicity, and destruction. Among the exotic airs and mysterious shadows of Cyprus, newly married and promoted Moorish general Othello finds himself the pawn in the manipulative games of his right-hand man, Iago. As his imagination is poisoned, Othello turns on his new bride Desdemona and his loyal lieutenant Cassio, and rapidly spirals from hero to murderer in one of Shakespeare’s most haunting tragedies.
Director Ron Daniels brings his sure hand with Shakespeare to Washington, D.C., having previously served as the associate artistic director of the American Repertory Theatre and as artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Other Place Theatre. He is an honorary associate director at the RSC.
INTERNATIONAL: São Paulo, Brazil (co-translated into Portuguese by Ron Daniels): Macbeth, Measure for Measure, Colm Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary. OPERA: Opera Philadelphia: Charlie Parker’s Yardbird (which will also be seen next April at the Apollo Theatre); Cincinnati Opera: Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star; Opera Theatre of St. Louis: La Bohème (upcoming); Santa Fe Opera: Don Giovanni (upcoming), Lucia di Lammermoor (upcoming, 2017); Michigan Opera Theatre: Carmen (revival, upcoming); Lyric Opera of Chicago: Charlie Parker’s Yardbird (revival, upcoming); Madison Opera: Charlie Parker’s Yardbird (revival, upcoming). OTHER: Honorary Associate Director of Royal Shakespeare Company, former Artistic Director of Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Other Place, former Associate Artistic Director of American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, Massachusetts).
STC: Twelfth Night, Cymbeline, Henry VI (dir. Michael Kahn), Much Ado About Nothing. NEW YORK: Broadway: The Gin Game (sets and costumes), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Tony Award Best Musical Revival), The People in the Picture, Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change (also at Royal National Theatre, 2007 Olivier Award and 2006 Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical), Topdog/Underdog (also at Royal Court), Elaine Stritch At Liberty (also at The Old Vic), Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk, The Tempest (dir. George C. Wolfe), Parade (dir. Hal Prince, Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations), Bells Are Ringing; Off-Broadway: Public Theater: Grounded (dir. Julie Taymor), The Library (dir. Steven Soderbergh), Mother Courage (starring Meryl Streep, dir. George C. Wolfe), Stuff Happens (dir. Dan Sullivan), One Flea Spare (dir. Ron Daniels), Blade to the Heat, Radiant Baby (Drama Desk nomination), The America Play; Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, Second Stage Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club, among others. REGIONAL: American Repertory Theater (collaborations with Janos Szasz, Arthur Nauzyciel, Robert Brustein, Ron Daniels, Diane Paulus), Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Center Stage, Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre. INTERNATIONAL: Cour D’Honneur du Palais des Papes (Avignon Festival): La Mouette; Abbey Theatre (Dublin): The Dead; Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), English National Opera at the Young Vic (London): The Lost Highway (dir. Diane Paulus); Theater an der Wien, Festival d’automne à Paris, National Theatre (Oslo), Det Norske Teatret, Singapore International Festival of Arts, Moscow Art Theatre, Teatro Real (Madrid). OPERA: LA Opera: Il Postino (sets and costumes, dir. Ron Daniels); San Francisco Opera: Appomattox (dir. Robert Woodruff, comp. Philip Glass, lib. by Christopher Hampton); Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Theatre St. Louis, among others. INSTRUCTOR: SUNY Purchase, Princeton University. TRAINING: Yale School of Drama.
NEW YORK: Broadway: If/Then, Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson; The Roundabout: The Robber Bridegroom; Lincoln Center Theater: The Who and the What, Stop Hitting Yourself, Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike, Brokeology; Off-Broadway: The Public Theater (Shakespeare in the Park): The Tempest, Into the Woods; Signature Theatre: Our Lady of Kibeho; Second Stage: The Way We Get By, The Substance of Fire, The Last Five Years, The Bachelorette; Playwrights Horizons: Mr. Burns, The Call, The Shaggs, Philosophy of The World. NATIONAL TOURS: If/Then. REGIONAL: La Jolla Playhouse in association with Yale Repertory Theatre: Indecent; Arena Stage: Dear Evan Hansen; The Goodman Theatre: Another Word for Beauty. OPERA: Santa Fe Opera: Don Giovanni (upcoming); Opera Theatre of St. Louis: La Bohème (upcoming), Pagliacci, Il Tabarro, Sweeney Todd; Opera Philadelphia: Charlie Parker’s Yardbird; Cincinnati Opera: Morning Star. TRAINING: Yale Drama School: MFA in Design; Northwestern University: BA in English.
STC: The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound, Tartuffe, The Metromaniacs, The Tempest. NEW YORK: 59E59: C.O.A.L. (Confessions of a Liar); New York International Fringe Festival: Magic Kingdom, The More Loving One (Best Overall Production of a Play); Marymount Manhattan College: Columbinus; August Strindberg Rep Theatre: Mr. Bengt’s Wife; Atlantic Acting School: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; HERE Arts Center: Ingmar Bergman’s Persona; Classic Stage Company: MacB**h (workshop); Outhouse Theatre Co: Mercy Thieves (U.S. Premiere), The Boys (U.S. Premiere); Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab: MacB**h (workshop). REGIONAL: Opera House Arts: Antony and Cleopatra; SUNY Purchase College: The Miser. INTERNATIONAL: The Aliens by Annie Baker (Sydney Premiere). OTHER: Red Bull Theater (Associate Artistic Producer), Lincoln Center Theater Directors’ Lab (member). TRAINING: The Julliard School. WEB: www.craigbaldwin.net.
STC: Kiss Me, Kate (assistant stage manager),The Metromaniacs (production assistant), As You Like It (production assistant), The Winter’s Tale (Mainstage and Free For All, production assistant), Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 (production assistant), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (production assistant), Much Ado About Nothing (Free For All, production assistant), Hughie (production assistant), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mainstage and Free For All, production assistant), All’s Well That Ends Well (Free For All, production assistant), The Merry Wives of Windsor (stage management intern), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (stage management intern), The Heir Apparent (stage management intern).REGIONAL: Spooky Action Theater: Jarry Inside Out; Sitar Arts Center: Hairspray; Abreact Theatre: La Ronde; Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company: Last of the Boys; Planet Ant Theatre: Salvage, Endangered. TRAINING: Grand Valley State University: BA in theatre and Spanish.
Read: Asides Magazine for OTHELLO
Watch: Faran Tahir takes us backstage
Community Responses to Othello: Paulette Beete
Community Responses to Othello: Rahima Shafiq Ullah
Community Responses to Othello: Buck Downs
Community Responses to Othello: Elijah Mendoza
Community Responses to Othello: Michael H. Levin
Community Responses to Othello: Jessica Young
Community Responses to Othello: Student Edition
View: Photo Gallery for OTHELLO
Watch: OTHELLO Montage
Community Response to Othello: Illustrations by Gareth Hinds
Watch: OTHELLO Trailer
Watch: BBC Interview with Faran Tahir
Community Responses to Othello: A Reflection by Katherine Peterlin
Watch: Introducing Faran Tahir and Ron Daniels
Watch: The relevancy of OTHELLO
Watch: Theatre as storytelling
Watch: The production process of OTHELLO
Watch: Why OTHELLO, why now?
Letter to our patrons: Othello
Behind-the-Scene (Shop): Othello
Giving them Props: Drums in Othello
The Beauty in Complexity: Ron Daniels and Faran Tahir talk Othello
Michael Kahn talks about Othello