MFA alumnae and faculty in free 'Othello' on Boston Common

Marianna Bassham is Desdemona; Assistant Professor of Theater Arts Adrianne Krstansky is Emilia

Adrianne Krstansky

Looking for some fun on a hot summer evening in the city?

Alumna Marianna Bassham MFA ’02 has a starring role as Desdemona and Assistant Professor of Theater Arts Adrianne Krstansky is Emilia in the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s production of “Othello” now running on Boston Common. McCaela Donovan MFA '11 plays Bianca.

Bassham won the 2010 Independent Reviewers of New England Award for Best Actress and the 2009 Elliot Norton Award for Best Actress.

Performances are being presented daily except Monday through August 15 at the Parkman Bandstand, on the Tremont street side of the Common. Seating on the grass is free, and for $7 you can rent a chair and sit very comfortably, according to Brandesians who have attended recently. Weekday performances begin at 8 p.m.; the Sunday performance begins at 7.

The production is directed by Steve Mahler, who directed “Love’s Labours Lost” for the  Brandeis Theater Company during the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts last spring. Production management is by Brandeis’s Leslie Chiu. 

For more information, check out the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company website.

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