The folks at Malcolm X Park understood that Othello loves Desdemona, that Iago doesn’t like Desdemona, that he would do anything to drive Othello into murder, and they understood that everybody gets heartbroken. If the audience understands that, then they understand the whole play—even if they don’t understand all the words.
Many of our schools don’t even perform Shakespeare because they think that poor kids are incapable of understanding Shakespeare, but our production demonstrates that this notion is absolutely not true.
Another false belief is that a play should not exceed an hour and 20 minutes. Our three hour production, with no intermission, is proof that we as artists can and should be making more interesting, more creative, and more inventive work, because the people want it.
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