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Idaho Shakespeare finds its ‘Othello’

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It’s a great tragedy of intimate proportions

-Idaho Statesman

Published 8/6/2010

To produce “Othello,” you must have one main ingredient in place: your Othello, says director Risa Brainin. She and Idaho Shakespeare Festival producing artistic director Charlie Fee had been talking about the play for a while, but without the right actor, it was a no go.

Then last summer, at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Fee saw actor David Alan Anderson. He knew he’d found their Othello. Coincidentally, Brainin had worked with Anderson several years ago in Indianapolis, where Anderson lives.

“Charlie said ‘Have you heard of this guy?’ and then it was like, ‘perfect,’ ” Brainin says.

This is Anderson’s second time as the Moorish general. Company stalwart David Anthony Smith will play Iago, the other half of the play’s tragic equation.

“Othello is the best general Venice has ever had,” Anderson says. “He’s a hired gun and he’s the only black man.”

This makes him the ultimate outsider, Brainin says. “The question is, can he ever be an insider?” Read entire article