Master of Zen arts and emeritus faculty member Shozo Sato brings his distinctive style of design and direction to a new production of Iago's Plot, his original take on Shakespeare's Othello. As in the classic tale, doubt and jealousy fester in the mind of a military leader, Othello, fed by his ambitious lieutenant, Iago. Deception breeds jealousy and sends Desdemona, the "good wife" of her day, to a tragic end. Blending Kabuki performance style from Japanese theatre with bravura theatrics of the west, Shozo Sato reveals new truth in this classic tale of family dysfunction.
Talkback on Thursday, April 6
Join us for an exciting opportunity for direct audience engagement with our stage productions through a free talkback following Iago's Plot on Thursday, April 6. Talkbacks allow audience members to discuss the performance, play, design, and themes with artists and scholars in an informal give-and-take, question-and-answer format. Each talkback is hosted by a faculty member from the Department of Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
There will be no late seating for this performance.
This performance will last approximately two hours and 33 minutes, and includes a 20-minute intermission.