Free Shakespeare in the Park to Feature ‘Othello’
Hubbard Hall’s annual free ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ is July 7 to 16 with their production of ‘Othello,’ an exploration of envy, jealousy, racial hatred and one man’s quest to destroy another. This fast-paced dramatic journey directed by Erin Ouellette will bring the world of the play to life in five different settings. With minimal props and costumes, the focus will be on the words, the actions, the actors and the setting. Each site will inform how we do what we do, with an emphasis on a fierce, fearless tackling of Shakespeare’s world and words. With a mix of young local talent and seasoned professionals, this company will blend Shakespeare’s world with our own, exploring how love, race, status and jealousy continue to shape us – and what can happen when we are poisoned with doubt and envy.
“We’re thrilled to produce this timely and timeless classic,” said executiveand artistic director David Snider. “In the wake of all the racism roaring to the surface across our country in recent years, it seemed like the right moment to produce this extraordinary play. It’s sure to be a breathtaking evening of theater.” All performances are outdoors, begin at 7 p.m., and are free. The tour schedule is as follows: Thursday to Sunday, July 7 to 10, at Cambridge Community Garden at Washington and Spring Streets in Cambridge, N.Y.; Wednesday, July 13, at Salem Art Works in Salem, N.Y.; Thursday, July 14, at The Georgi in Shusan, N.Y.; Friday, July 15, at Wood Park in Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; and Saturday, July 16, at the Greenwich Commons, Greenwich, N.Y. Donations in support of the tour are greatly appreciated. Note that ‘Othello’ does contain some adult themes and violence. Visit hubbardhall.org or call 518-677-2495 to learn more.