Theater at Farmstead Arts

The Lord Stirling Theater Company presents

“ THE TRAGEDY OF OTHELLO,

THE MOOR OF VENICE”

by William Shakespeare

“I must weep, But they are cruel tears: this sorrow’s heavenly;
It strikes where it doth love.”

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Othello, the Moor, is a general in the Venetian army. He secretly marries Desdemona, the daughter of a prominent Venetian senator. Othello’s ensign, Iago, harbors jealousy and resentment towards the Moor for having promoted another soldier, Cassio, ahead of him. He also suspects that Othello has had an affair with his wife, Emilia. To get revenge, Iago devises a plan to plant suspicions in Othello’s mind that Desdemona has been unfaithful to him with Cassio. Iago’s lies and insinuations drive Othello mad with jealousy and incite him into a murderous rage, with tragic results.

Written about 1604, “Othello” is one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, and its themes of jealousy, manipulation, and division remain relevant to the present day.

“Othello” opens The Lord Stirling Theater Company’s fifth season at the Farmstead Arts Center, following their 2017 productions of “Arsenic and Old Lace” and “Of Mice and Men.“ Past productions also include “And Then There Were None” and “The Dresser” in 2016, “The Tempest” and “Frankenstein’s Fate” in 2015, and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in 2014.

“The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice “ deals with mature themes.

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Under the artistic direction of William Ward, The Lord Stirling Theater Company is a dynamic new community of creative artists based in Basking Ridge.  The group is committed to presenting innovative theater for diverse audiences including play readings, full productions of great classic theater, new works and exploring the American experience through compelling productions that illuminate and celebrate history, culture and literature.  The theater group fosters the next generation of theater artists and audiences by providing unique hands-on educational programming and training in all aspects of theater production.

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Farmstead Players Play Reading Group

Join us on Wednesday, March 14, 2018
7 PM in the Farmhouse
Free admission

**NOTE:  The March 7th reading of Othello has been rescheduled for March 14th at 7PM.

“ THE TRAGEDY OF OTHELLO,

THE MOOR OF VENICE”

by William Shakespeare

Readers engage the audience at the Farmstead

The Farmstead Players Play Reading Group presents play readings in the Farmhouse.  The readings are open to the public and admission is free. Plays are either in the public domain or read with the permission of the playwright.

Readings are performed like radio plays with an emphasis on imagination and voice. The actors, who read from scripts, may sit or stand and incorporate some movement. A narrator may read the stage directions.  Members of the public are invited to take part in the reading or enjoy as audience members.  To participate, please contact Director William Ward by email at wjpward@verizon.net to be sent a copy of the script. Please copy these scripts if you are planning to attend.

The Farmstead Players Play Reading Group is the first group of its kind in the Somerset Hills community.  Prior plays presented include Tight Rope, by David Serra; The Devil’s Disciple by George Bernard Shaw; The Country Wife, by William Wycherley; Marty by Paddy Chayefsky; The Rover by Aphra Behn; The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde;  Measure for Measure  by William Shakespeare, Tartuffe by Moliere, Miss Valentine by noted NJ Playwright, Nadine Bernard  and a unique evening of original one act plays with the playwrights coming from NYC and Washington DC in attendance.

Whether you enjoy comedy, drama or classics, there’s something for everyone at the Monday night play readings at the Farmstead. Here’s what a few of the cast and audience members had to say:

“Last night’s reading really was refreshing. Years ago I picked up The Devil’s Disciple and never finished it. The reading at Farmstead made it come alive as was meant to be.”

“A charming space and very nice people. A total win.”

“I had a blast over at Farmstead Arts Center Play Reading Group tonight. Everyone was wonderful from the cast to all who run Farmstead.”  

Artistic Dirctor Bill Ward  Artistic Director William Ward

A resident of Basking Ridge, William Ward studied drama and technical theater at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He has worked at many venues in New York City including The Irish Repertory Theater, LaMama E.T.C., Minetta Lane Theater, The Classical Theater of Harlem, Theater 59E59, The Cell Theater, The Lyceum Theater, Wings Theater and The Kraine Theater.

In Europe, William worked at noted theaters in Belgium, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany. Regional credits include the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Playhouse in the Park and the Downtown Theater Cabaret in Bridgeport, Connecticut; Cumberland Theater in Maryland; Falmouth Playhouse in Massachusetts, Bucks County Playhouse in Pennsylvania and many others. He performed as an actor and musician in the first national tour of the Broadway show, Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story, and in the national tour of The Sound of Music. As a musician, William has played in concert with rock artists Dexy’s Midnight Runners, ABC, Culture Club, Kajagoogoo, Simple Minds, Time Bandits, Hot Chocolate, Gloria Gaynor and Al Martino.

He has designed sets for Light Opera of New Jersey, Wings Theater and various productions in the New York Fringe Festival, including the acclaimed show, Kiki, Baby. William is a stage manager and head of props construction at The New Jersey State Opera.

The English Barn Theater and the Farmhouse are wheelchair accessible.  Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services may make a request by sending an e-mail to admin@farmsteadarts.org in advance.

Funds for these events have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.