Entries from September 2017

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Othello as a Mockumentary

I would be fascinated to see Othello in the format of a mockumentary TV series like The Office or Parks and Recreation, having normal scenes interspersed with cuts to characters speaking to the audience alone as if in interviews. It would have to be shown on a screen rather than a stage, and the medium […]

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

The Importance of Talking Animals

Our discussion on Tuesday about the significance of the parrot in Aladdin being named Iago led me to think of other Disney animated films and how their choice of animals is often secretly symbolic. Obviously Disney doesn’t expect children to realize the symbolism in animals. However, if you think about it, Disney is being pretty clever with […]

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Another Teen Shakespeare Movie

While it’s inflicted upon Shakespeare too frequently- I’m looking at you, “10 Things I Hate About You” and “She’s the Man”- it’s time for Othello to be adapted into a horribly written, cringingly sentimental, and embarrassingly enjoyable guilty-pleasure teen-romantic-comedy. This may seem like an awful idea due to Othello’s subject matter and its rampant racism […]

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Othelloship of the rings

I thought it would be interesting to see Othello played out in the world of Lord of the The Rings. The stark contrasts of multiple races mixed with an object that literally corrupts people would add a strange twist to the story. I would have Frodo as Othello. Both of these characters seem to play […]

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Modern Othello

The main reason I’d set Othello in modern times is for the added interest of the role of technology in the play. Imagine Othello and Desdemona swiping right for each other on Tinder and Brabantio’s anger and unwillingness to accept a relationship that started online. Othello could be an artist or possibly another less respected […]

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Iago Needs an Intervention

  In act 2, scene 3, we see Iago orchestrate an alcohol-infused party to try and get Cassio to be disgraced. In this scene, not only are we made aware of the fact that Cassio is a lightweight, but that also Iago can handle his alcohol: “Oh, they are our friends. But one cup. I’ll […]

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Othello: Color-Swap

It is no secret that we live in a society where race, unfortunately, is a topic of contention. Racism is believed to be exclusive to minorities and while it is true that micro and macroaggression targets minorities in much higher concentrations, racist comments and actions can also be perpetrated against Caucasians. Furthermore, while it isn’t […]

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Othello in a New Light

I would be interested to see Othello in the context of a podcast. I would have the moderator of the podcast be a neutral player who is not related to the plot at all. The moderator would then ask questions to the “guests” on the show (the characters in the play) whose names would be […]

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

High School Musical meets Othello

Just think about it. A few big details would have to be flipped around, but the basic lineup is all there. 1. Troy Bolton as Iago the more lines he has, the more times we get to see Zac Efron really good at basketball=experienced in battle 2. Jason Cross (generic not-that-good basketball player) as Roderigo […]

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

What the heck did I just read?

8th grade was not, in hindsight, the greatest age for me to encounter “Invisible Monsters” by Chuck Palahniuk. In just a few hundred pages, my 13-year-old self was bombarded with a model who gets shot in the face and meets a transgender sugar baby funded by three drag queens who turns out to be the […]