Othello, the Moor of Venice, at St. Lawrence College

(Press release) The St. Lawrence College Theatre Troupe will perform one of William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Othello, the Moor of Venice, on January 17, 18, and 19. The cast, made up of current and former students of CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence, is being co-directed by two former St. Lawrence students, Bill Black and Émile Beauchemin, now drama students at Bishop’s University and Université Laval, respectively. The troupe has been working intently on this play since the beginning of the 2012 fall semester. On December 8, Robert Lepage graciously accepted to attend one of their rehearsals. Lepage, who, among his many other artistic accomplishments, has produced and directed a number of Shakespeare’s plays (most recently a stunning operatic version of The Tempest at the Grand Théâtre de Québec just last summer) gave the student cast some much appreciated advice on the art of acting Shakespeare. The play tells the story of Othello, a Moorish (North African) general in the service of the Dukedom of Venice, who is duped by one of his officers, Iago, into believing that his virtuous wife, Desdemona, has been unfaithful to him—with tragic consequences. Iago, motivated by a truly Satanic evil, is without doubt the most memorable of Shakespeare’s villains. The role of Iago is being played by Claude Éric L. Gagnon, Othello by Bill Black, and Desdemona by Camille Pednault-Parent. The play will be staged in the cafeteria of CEGEP Champlain St. Lawrence, 790 Nérée-Tremblay Street, Sainte-Foy. Performances begin at 8:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served during the intermission.