“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.
STC: Henry IV, Part 1 and 2, Henry V, Richard II, As You Like It, Mrs. Warren’s Profession. NEW YORK: Broadway: Lincoln Center Theater: Macbeth; Off-Broadway: Red Bull Theater: Edward II, Don’t Fuck With Love; Examined Man Theatre: When In Disgrace; York Theatre Company, Theater for the New City, New York International Fringe Festival, New York International Fringe Encores, The Brick Theater, and others. REGIONAL: Bard Summerscape: Oklahoma! (Jud, dir. Daniel Fish); Studio Tisch: Dexter & Llewellyn; Capital Repertory Theatre: Hamlet. FILM: Xmas in July. WEB: my life in sourdough. TRAINING: Bard College: BA; NYU Graduate Acting Program: MFA (Laura Pels Award for Acting).
STC: Affiliated Artist; productions since 1987 include: Henry IV, Part 1 (Owen Glendower), Henry IV, Part 2 (Justice Shallow), The Winter’s Tale (Antigonus/Old Shepherd, mainstage, FFA), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Peter Quince), All’s Well That Ends Well (King of France), Strange Interlude (Henry Leeds), Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Mr. Praed), Twelfth Night (Malvolio), Major Barbara (Andrew Undershaft), Love’s Labor’s Lost (Holofernes, mainstage and RSC), Don Carlos (Philip II), King Lear (Lear), The Tempest (Prospero). NEW YORK: Broadway: Romulus, Inadmissible Evidence. REGIONAL: Folger Theatre: The Clandestine Marriage; Studio Theatre: The Steward of Christendom, Life of Galileo, Rock ‘n’ Roll, A Number, The Habit of Art, The Apple Family Plays. INTERNATIONAL: Battersea Arts Centre (London): Life of Galileo; Arcola Theatre (London): Broadway from the Shadows; Trafalgar Studios: Lovely and Misfit (Mr. Paradise). AWARDS: Seven Helen Hayes Awards; The Will Award; Drama Critics Award (NYC); Richard Bauer Award for Outstanding Contribution to Washington Theatre. INSTRUCTOR: Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel; Columbia University; University of South Carolina; Manchester Municipal University (U.K.).
STC: Salomé (2016 Helen Hayes nom). NEW YORK: New York International Fringe Festival: Leaf in the Mailbox (Best Ensemble Award); Riant Theatre: This Is Your Life; Wings Theater: Raft of the Medusa; Greenwich Street Theatre: Romeo and Juliet; Lookingglass Theatre Company: Cardboard Moon. REGIONAL: Ford’s Theatre: Ragtime (upcoming); The Welders/Atlas Performing Arts Center: Happiness (and other reasons to die); Rep Stage: Venus in Fur; Signature Theatre: Tender Napalm; Atlas Performing Arts Center: Ben & Lucille. TELEVISION: Mr. Roof (national), Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall (Investigation Discovery), The Making of the Mob (AMC), House of Cards (Netflix). OTHER (directing/playwriting): Ben & Lucille, Super Earth. Training: Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University.
NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center Theater with Psittacus Productions: A Tale Told by an Idiot. REGIONAL: Folger Theatre: Julius Caesar, The Gaming Table; Round House Theatre: Double Indemnity, Pride and Prejudice; Adventure Theatre MTC: A Little House Christmas, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse; Theatre Raleigh: The 39 Steps, Barefoot in the Park, Sylvia; Farmers Alley Theatre: The 39 Steps; Cape Fear Regional Theatre: Rumors, A View from the Bridge, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Peter Pan; Jailbreak Theatre Company: The Mystery of Irma Vep; Palace Theatre: Greater Tuna; Temple Theatre: Hamlet; Old Creamery Theatre: The Nerd; Schoolhouse Theater: Funny Money; California Theatre Center: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, Most Valuable Player; The Lost Colony: Lost Colony. AWARDS: Two Helen Hayes nominations for Best TYA Show; Wilde Award nominations for Best Comedy and Best Ensemble. TRAINING: Academy for Classical Acting at GWU: MFA. WEB: robbiegay.net.
NEW YORK: Broadway: Skylight; Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center Theater: City of Conversation; Theatre Row: None of the Above.REGIONAL: The Old Globe: Death of a Salesman, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Amadeus, Much Ado About Nothing, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Madness of King George III, The Winter’s Tale. TRAINING: University of San Diego/The Old Globe: MFA in Acting. WEB: Series: The Digressions.
STC: The Tempest, Tartuffe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.NEW YORK: Brooklyn Academy of Music: Throne of Blood; Joe’s Pub at The Public: The Unfortunates. REGIONAL: Round House Theatre: The Night Alive; Arena Stage: Equivocation; The Kennedy Center: Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter; Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles: Romeo and Juliet; Berkeley Repertory Theatre: Tartuffe; South Coast Repertory: Tartuffe; Center Theatre Group: End of the Rainbow; 12-year Company Member of Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Love’s Labor’s Lost, Julius Caesar, Merchant of Venice, King Lear, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, The Cherry Orchard, Equivocation (World Premiere), Oedipus Complex (World Premiere). INTERNATIONAL: Five-year Company Member of Misery Loves Company (Prague, CZ): As You Like It, Cloud Nine, Angels in America, The Age of Reason (World Premiere). FILM: Innocent Sleep, Persuasion, Harrison’s Flowers. TELEVISION: Grey’s Anatomy, Shameless, Major Crimes, The West Wing. INSTRUCTOR: Southern Oregon University, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Los Angeles High School Shakespeare Project. TRAINING: The Groundlings, SITI Company at Skidmore College Summer Intensive (dir. Anne Bogart), Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts: Two-Year Actor Training Program. WEB: gregorylinington.com.
NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Theatre for a New Audience: Tamburlaine the Great, Notes from Underground; Transport Group: House for Sale; Abingdon Theatre: The Last Will; 59E59 Theaters: Built. REGIONAL: Yale Repertory Theatre: Autumn Sonata, Notes from Underground; American Repertory Theater: Paradise Lost, Britannicus, The Onion Cellar; La Jolla Playhouse: Notes from Underground, The Deception; Westport Country Playhouse: Broken Glass; Two River Theater: Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine; Shakespeare & Company: Othello, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The Tempest, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Commonwealth Shakespeare Company: The Last Will; Denver Center Theatre: The Great Wall Story; Wilma Theater: Eurydice; Theatre de la Jeune Lune: The Deception; Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse: The English Channel. FILM: Otto + Anna, Mail Order Wife. TRAINING: American Repertory Theater at Harvard University: MFA.
REGIONAL: Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey: The Diary of Anne Frank, Titus Andronicus (Apprentice Program). TRAINING: The University of Michigan: BFA Acting.
NEW YORK: Essential Theatre Group: Zurich, New York. REGIONAL: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, The Arabian Nights, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. TRAINING: Marymount Manhattan College: BA in Theatre Performance; The Studio/NY: Conservatory. WEB:
STC: Oedipus, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Duchess of Malfi, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Little Foxes. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center Theater: Blood and Gifts;59E59: Rosmersholm. REGIONAL: Gulfshore Playhouse: The Butcher;Various Philadelphia theatres: Winter’s Tale, Ciphers, The English Bride, Lidless, Scorched, Language Rooms, Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier; Alabama Shakespeare Festival: Cymbeline, Romeo and Juliet, The Count of Monte Cristo; Woolly Mammoth Theatre: Starving;Everyman Theatre: Yellowman;Olney Theatre Center: Stuff Happens; Geva Theatre Center: The Underpants;True Colors Theatre: Flyin’ West;Seattle Repertory Theatre: Beauty of the Father. FILM: Crossing Streets, The Fence, The Normals, Triptosane, Trigger Effect. TELEVISION: The Leftovers, Law & Order: SVU (Recurring as Attorney Linden Delroy), Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent. AWARDS: Barrymore Award for Best Ensemble in Scorched. TRAINING: Academy for Classical Acting at GWU: MFA.
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.
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
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