The Old Globe on Friday announced the stars of its upcoming production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Othello, the first show of the theater’s 2014 Summer Shakespeare Festival.

Making their Globe debuts are Emmy Award-winner Richard Thomas (“The Americans,” “The Waltons”) as Iago and Kristen Connolly (“House of Cards,” The Cabin in the Woods) as Desdemona.

Richard Thomas and Kristen Connolly will star in Othello at The Old Globe.
Richard Thomas and Kristen Connolly will star in Othello at The Old Globe.

“Shakespeare’s plays demand actors with superb technical skills, deep emotional range, and great charisma,” said Globe artistic director Barry Edelstein. “Richard Thomas and Kristen Connolly have all three qualities in abundance. Audiences who know Richard from his iconic role in ‘The Waltons’ may not be aware that he is one of our country’s great stage actors with a long career in Shakespeare.”

The play is one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. Despite the prejudices in Venice, the brilliant Moorish general Othello excels both on the battlefield and in the halls of state. But when he marries Desdemona, his envious lieutenant Iago sets in motion a diabolical plan to destroy him.

Performances run June 22 – July 27, with opening night on Saturday, June 28. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE.

The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 14 classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages.

— From an Old Globe press release

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.