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Shakespeare comes to town Thursday evening — now at Open Space

Actors from Seattle’s GreenStage will perform “Othello” at Ober Park on Thursday. - Courtsey Photo
Actors from Seattle’s GreenStage will perform “Othello” at Ober Park on Thursday.
— image credit: Courtsey Photo

Editor's Note: This show was originally scheduled for Ober Park, but moved to the Open Space for Arts & Community due to weather.


Pack a picnic dinner, grab a blanket, family and friends and head to Ober Park at 7 p.m. Thursday to watch a free performance of Shakespeare in the Park — “Othello” by GreenStage, Seattle’s longest-running Shakespeare company.

A lot has changed in the world since William Shakespeare wrote his famous tragedy “Othello” in 1603. But the play’s themes of racism, love, intrigue, jealousy and betrayal easily speak to a contemporary audience, and actors from GreenStage will bring those words to life in all their wit and poignancy.

The great military hero Othello, who seems to have it all with a plum assignment and beautiful bride, falls hard when he becomes ensnared in a wicked web of doubt and treachery woven by Iago, his scheming and devious subordinate.

Pete Welch of Vashon Events said last year’s performance of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” brought “a huge turnout. ... I was pleasantly surprised to see how many Shakespeare fans there were.”

Now, island fans will have another chance to enjoy one of the Bard of Avon’s 37 plays.

The Concert in the Park series is presented and funded by Vashon Park District in association with Vashon Events. The Thursday evening series in Ober Park continues into September. All upcoming events will be music concerts.

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