Shakespeare and Tony Morrison share the scene in “Othello / Desdemona”.

ATELIUS / DESDEMON, the latest ISeries product, is the result of something reminiscent of a phone game. It began in 1565 when an Italian writer Cynthia wrote the short story “Un Capitano Moro” (“Mauritanian Captain”). About 1603 William Shakespeare interpreted this story in The tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice. Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi came together in 1887 s Othello, his operatic interpretation of Shakespeare’s play. Then in 2011 the deceased prose writer Tony Morrison decided to make its own turn in the tragedy with Desdemonaa response to the story of Shakespeare, which takes place in the afterlife Othellomain characters.

This month ISeries brings Verdi Othello and Morrison Desdemona together in one theatrical experience, ATELIUS / DESDEMONwhich lasts for two evenings—Othello at first, Desdemona on the second. After two nights of previews at the Source Theater the show is scheduled to open on June 4th and 5th. Later this month the production goes to the Baltimore Theater Project.

The multi-stage production will probably be the first for many spectators. This is certainly the first for Timothy Nelsonartistic director of INSeries and director ATELIUS / DESDEMON. He calls such events “epic theater”, comparing it to him Angels in America, Tony KushnerA two-part play that explores being gay and the AIDS crisis in America in the 1980s, or Peter BrookA nine-hour performance The Mahabharata.

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