directed by Clay Hopper
Classic Repertory Company takes on this famous tale of race, love, jealousy, and revenge. Featuring live music, and seven young actors taking on multiple roles, this bold adaptation breathes new life into one of Shakespeare’s most well-loved tragedies. (Suitable for grades 6 and up)
“The performance was fabulous!”
“I connected with Desdemona, because her emotions were readable and relatable and I could understand her feelings and what she said”
-7th grade student
“The part where Othello ignored reason and killed Desdemona felt relevant, and reminded me of when people let their emotions take control and throw reason away.”
-8th grade student
“Shakespearean language is a lot easier to understand than you’d think when you’re seeing a live play”
-9th grade student
“The story felt relevant to the world around me because we believe lies very easily and don’t think of the bigger picture”
-10th grade student
“I learned that Shakespeare plays have more depth than I thought and can actually be realistic”
-11th grade student
Learn more about Classic Repertory Company!
Benjamin (Ben) Finn is making his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the Classic Repertory Company on the Spring 2018 tour. Ben recently graduated from UMass Amherst with a double major BA in Theatre and English, and had worked at New Rep for two full seasons as a Production Assistant prior to performing on the tour. He’s delighted for the opportunity to perform with friends old and new, and hopes to inspire future generations of informed citizens through the communicative power and real world applications of theater. Recent credits: Circle Up! and Here and There (Central Square Theater w/Youth Underground Ambassador Ensemble), Julius Caesar (Praxis Stage Company), In the Next Room, or, the Vibrator Play (Footlight Club), Hallowed Ground (Leverett Historical Society) and The Glass Menagerie (UMass Amherst Dept. of Theater).
Lillian Gomes makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Recent credits include Exit Strategy (Zeitgeist Stage Company) and The Threepenny Opera (Bridgewater State University). Lillian recently earned her BA in Communications and Theatre from Bridgewater State University.
Chris Kandra makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Chris just graduated from Salem State with a BFA in Theatre Arts with a performance concentration and spent the summer touring with Speak About It, a show about consent and sex-positive communication for high-school and college students. He is most excited to be bringing Shakespeare and classic literature to the stage and enabling people to appreciate these wonderful pieces outside a conventional classroom! He is originally from Westford, MA.
Sarah Morrisette makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Recent credits include: All in the Timing and Doubt: a Parable (Newton Nomadic Theater), Macbeth (Bay Colony Shakespeare Company), My Children, My Africa!, Psychosis 4:48 and The Bacchae (Ithaca College) and As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ithaca Shakespeare Company). Sarah received her BFA in Acting from Ithaca College and is a graduate of the internship program at the Center for Theatre of the Oppressed in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Emma Tayce Palmer makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Emma is a recent graduate of Boston University’s School of Theatre. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Emma grew up surrounded by a diverse artistic community that cultivated her love of storytelling from many points of view. Emma has trained in both contemporary and classical acting at the Guthrie, Boston University, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Recent credits include Tanya in Punk Rock and Dunyasha in The Cherry Orchard.
Adrian Peguero makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Adrian is a recent graduate from Salem State University with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Recent credits include: Clybourne Park (Albert/Kevin), The Seagull (Sorin), Angels in America Part One (Belize), and The Grapes of Wrath (Jim Casy). Adrian is most excited about making Shakespeare and theatre more accessible to those around us.
Slava Tchoul makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Slava graduated from UMass Amherst a little over a year ago with a BA in Theatre. Recent credits include Circle Up (Youth Underground at Central Square Theatre), All’s Well that Ends Well (Vermont Theatre Company), and Love and Information (University of Massachusetts).
CLAY HOPPER has directed A Number on New Rep’s mainstage, as well as Classic Repertory Company’s Othello, To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, The Scarlet Letter, 1984, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Of Mice and Men, and Great Expectations. In Washington D.C., he served as the Associate Artistic Director of Olney Theatre Center and Director of both the National Players and the Summer Shakespeare Festival. He now serves as lecturer in Directing and Theatre Arts at Boston University’s School of Theatre. Directing credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Amadeus, Farragut North, Triumph of Love, and Call of the Wild (Olney Theatre). Other recent credits include On the Verge, or The Geography of Yearning (Contemporary American Theatre Festival Actor’s Lab). Off-off-Broadway credits include A Home Without and Different Zen (Third Eye Rep); Earthworms (The Working Group); and Triage and The Interrogation (The Miranda Theatre).