Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ comes to Southeast’s River Campus April 24-28


“Othello” will close out the 2018-2019 Rhodes 101 Stops and Commerce Bank Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance Series at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus April 24-28 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 24-27 and 2 p.m. April 27 and 28.

“This show hasn’t been done at Southeast in almost 40 years, and it really strikes a chord about power, race, passion, love, jealousy and revenge,” said Dr. Kenn Stilson, chair of The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance.

The tragic tale of love, deceit, jealousy and murder, “Othello,” by William Shakespeare, traces the tragic downfall of Othello, a Moor and a mercenary who becomes a general of the Venetian armies during the time of the Italian Renaissance.

The tragedy, believed to have been written in 1603, has some of the greatest poetry Shakespeare has ever written and has remained one of the most popular plays of the last 500 years, Stilson said.

“This show is for anyone who loves the Bard, but we also encourage people who have never seen a Shakespearean tragedy to see our production of ‘Othello,’ he said. “It’s one of the most accessible of his stories, and it relates to our world today.”


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at