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Shakespeare's Othello  Opens at the Lewis Center for the Arts

(Princeton, NJ) Princeton University senior Jackie Bello presents Othello, Shakespeare's play of love undone by unfounded jealousy, her senior creative thesis production for the Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Theater and Dance. Othello, featuring Kelvin Dinkins as Othello and Laura Hankin as Desdemona, will open on Friday, February 6th at 8:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews '53 Acting Studio.

Bello said she chose Othello for her senior thesis production because  "I have been fascinated with the play ever since I was ten years old, when I first saw it and then listened to my godmother, a professor of Shakespeare at Georgetown University,  lecture about it to students on "Take your daughter to work day."  The complicated relationships among the four main characters (Othello, Iago, Desdemona and Emilia) and the motivations behind their actions have haunted me ever since.  Why does Iago hate Othello so much?  Why didn’t Emilia say something about the handkerchief sooner?  Why would Othello kill this innocent woman he loved so much?!   As a director, I want to tackle these questions onstage."

Bello has been involved with over 30 productions at Princeton, including the Program in Theater and Dance, Theatre Intime, for which she served as General Manager in 2008, Princeton Shakespeare Company, Princeton Summer Theater and a children's theatre troupe she started last year called the TIKI! Players.  She has been directing plays on campus since her freshman year, and it was always her hope to direct her senior thesis in the Marie and Edward '53 Matthews Acting Studio, where she has previously stage-managed for professional director and faculty member Tim Vasen. Bello went on to say "I tackled Shakespeare twice last year, acting in Twelfth Night and Macbeth, and I co-directed Love's Labour’s Lost the year prior.  Nor will Othello be my final production on campus: I am directing Theatre Intime’s Reunions show, Our Town by Thornton Wilder, in May."

Performances of Othello are Friday and Saturday February 6th and 7th and Thursday through Saturday February 12th -14th. All performances are at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the public and $8 for students. For advance tickets, please call University Ticketing 609.258.9220.

The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee.

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