Othello - Episode 1 - Marks Set Against Me
A rich young man named Roderigo rages in anger at Iago when he learns that the woman he’s been pining for (and paying Iago to help him win), Desdemona, has just married Othello, a General who Iago reluctantly serves. Iago tells Roderigo that he hates Othello for promoting Michael Cassio to the rank of Lieutenant over him. Together, they go to the house of Desdemona’s father, Brabantio, to tell him that his daughter has been stolen by Othello. Not wanting his hatred of Othello to be known, Iago steals away before Brabantio sees him. Later, as Iago sits with Othello at his lodgings, Michael Cassio arrives with a message from the Duke informing Othello that he’s needed to help fend off an imminent attack by the Turkish fleet. Brabantio arrives at the Duke’s palace at the same time as Othello and publicly accuses him of stealing his daughter. Othello defends himself by speaking honestly of how he won Desdemona’s affection with tales of his adventures. Desdemona enters to defend her choice in marriage and tells her father before the Duke that her allegiance is to Othello. The Duke is sympathetic to the couple and agrees to consider Desdemona’s request that she be allowed to accompany Othello on his voyage to defend Cyprus against the Turks.
The Play On Podcast series, “OTHELLO”, was written by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE and translated into modern English verse by MFONISO UDOFIA. Radio play by CATHERINE EATON. Directed by VICTOR MALANA MAOG.
The cast is as follows:
JEREMY TARDY as OTHELLO
BARRET O’BRIEN as IAGO
KAYLI CARTER as DESDEMONA
PAUL JUHN as RODERIGO
FRANCESCA FERNANDEZ as EMILIA
TOMMY SHRIDER as CASSIO
LAKISHA MAY as BIANCA
CHRISTOPHER GURR as BRABANTIO AND LODOVICO
RACHEL CROWL as MONTANO
NATALIE HEGG as DUKE, CLOWN AND GRATIANO
Casting by THE TELSEY OFFICE: KARYN CASL, CSA.
Voice and Text Coach: JULIE FOH
Cultural Consultant and Dramaturg: MARTINE KEI GREEN-ROGERS
Original Music, Mix and Sound Design by LINDSAY JONES. Sound engineering by SADAHARU YAGI. Mix Engineer and Dialogue Editor: LARRY WALSH. Production Assistant: Michael Christopher Turner. Podcast Mastering by GREG CORTEZ at New Monkey Studio. Coordinating Producer: TRANSCEND STREAMING (KYRA BOWIE and LEANNA KEYES). Executive Producer: MICHAEL GOODFRIEND.
The Managing Director of Business Operations and Partnerships at Next Chapter Podcasts is SALLYCADE HOLMES.
With very special thanks to the MA IN SOUND ARTS AND INDUSTRIES AND VIRGINIA WADSWORTH WIRTZ CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
And remember: “BEWARE OF JEALOUSY”.
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