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Ainu Othello is adapted by Kazumi Shimodate, Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Company Japan.
This spectacular production has been staged in Sendai, Tokyo, and Sapporo, opening powerful discussions about discrimination faced by the Ainu, and the prospects for new relationships in the modern era.
Performed in Japanese, Ainu Othello is a rare opportunity to see how Shakespeare remains a contemporary chronicler of human prejudices in another part of the globe.
It is 1860, in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
Othello is an Ainu, one of the indigenous people of northern Japan.
He falls in love with a Japanese woman and is betrayed by a friend (Iago) of mixed Ainu and Japanese heritage.
Lies, manipulation and discrimination are the steadfast roots of jealousy in this epic performance of Shakespeare's classic tragedy.
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Performance days & times
Wednesday ‑ 7‑00pm
Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm
Friday ‑ 7‑30pm
Friday - 2-30pm
Saturday - 2-30pm
Author: William Shakespeare, adapted by Kazumi Shimodate
Production: The Shakespeare Royal Company Japan