Observe an adaptation of Othello in process
Pi Theatre is working on a new adaptation of Othello based on the point of view of the character of Emilia. It’s a deconstruction of the play looking at notions of post-truth psychosis, internet echo chambers, and inequitable gender-based power dynamics.
William Shakespeare’s Othello is an adaptation of Giovanni Cinthio’s “Un Capitano Moro,” a novella that Cinthio wrote in 1565. Shakespeare’s 1604 version of Cinthio’s story revolves around its three central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army, Desdemona, his new wife and daughter of a Venetian nobel, and Othello’s treacherous ensign, Iago. Iago drives Othello mad by constructing a campaign of fake news about Desdemona’s non-existent affair with Othello’s Lieutenant Cassio. His manipulative efforts result in the horrific “honor” killing of an innocent young woman. Our exploration of this 400 year old play is an attempt to look through the lens of Iago’s wife Emillia as a way of viewing the social and political landscape of our own time.
Come to observe, respond and contribute!
January 29, 30 & 31, from Noon to 5PM, we’ll be choosing text, looking at tech, talking about character etc.
January 31 specifically from 2PM to 4PM we’ll be presenting a couple of scenes from what we’ve been working on.
This will be followed by a moderated feedback session where we’d love to ask you some questions and solicit your opinions of what you’ve experienced. The space is open to come and go as you please on all three days. There is no admission charge.
Pi Theatre is a cornerstone of Vancouver’s independent theatre scene. For 35 years it’s been producing bold and uncompromising theatrical experiences that are intellectually alive and emotionally charged. The company creates social moments and community connections around its work, and invests in impactful art and artists in order to challenge perceptions and generate conversation.