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Othello: On Trial - La Mama

One of Shakespeare's most affecting tragedies inspires a topical new work at La Mama Theatre.
By Tom Clift
March 17, 2015
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Othello: On Trial - La Mama

One of Shakespeare's most affecting tragedies inspires a topical new work at La Mama Theatre.
By Tom Clift
March 17, 2015
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In the final act of Shakespeare’s Othello (spoiler alert for a 400-year-old play), the eponymous Venetian general kills his wife after being tricked into thinking she was unfaithful. It's a horrifying turn in one of the playwright's most affecting tragedies — and now, provides the inspiration for a new work at La Mama Theatre that addresses modern-day spousal violence head on.

Developed with the assistance of the Victorian Women's Trust and the Fitzroy Legal Service, Othello: On Trial provides the original play with something of an alternate ending, with Othello being brought to trial for the murder of Desdemona. A jury of audience members will be asked to decide his fate, forced to consider whether a crime of passion is less egregious than one committed in cold blood. With an average of one Australian woman killed each week by her current or former partner, it's a question that has never been more important.

Othello: On Trial runs on Sunday, March 15 at 8pm and Tuesday, March 17 at 5pm and 8pm at La Mama Courthouse Theatre.

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