A sure sign that another season of Actor’s Theatre Columbus is nearly upon us is the set-in-progress on the stage at Schiller Park. Sure enough, opening night is less than three weeks away, and the season begins with one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays: Othello.
The story of the great Moor, the treacherous Iago, and fair Desdemona is a strong start to a season with the theme “to tell the truth.” After all, Othello also contains one of the Bard’s most compelling ruminations about the value of reputation:
“Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
’twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.”
And, Othello features one of the Bard’s great lines about jealousy:
“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.”
Obviously, we’re looking forward to this season.