These are crazy times and we’ve all taken on a bunch of new projects as we socially isolate in order to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

We’re donating where we can, we’re cleaning the pantry, we’re organizing the 2300+ title dvd library. We finished work on the Nominee Interview Series even though the live event for our yearly Critics’ Pick Awards had to be cancelled (we’ve still got trophies to give out, eventually). We started the Corona Movie Club to help curb our boredom and constant need to talk about movies with other human beings. I’m even watching network procedurals and actually writing about them.

But what we all really need is comfort. We need our favourite things and our favourite people and right now those are hard to come by so we have to do everything we can to bring them together whenever possible. For me, there’s nothing quite so comforting and joyful as Shakespeare. Luckily, I know a lot of people who also love Shakespeare- a few old friends from my alma mater’s Shakespeare Society and a few of my favourite Toronto theatre artists, all of whom just so happen to be talented and generous and responsibly socially isolated enough to want to join a nearly 3-hour 19-person Zoom call for the purposes of livestreaming Shakespeare on YouTube.

Check out Othello in audio form below (or on iTunes) then tune into our YouTube page to watch the rest of our readings.

 

A huge thank you to the cast of Othello:

Othello- Andre Sills
Desdemona- Anne van Leeuwen
Iago- Lauren Horejda
Cassio- Jesse Nerenberg
Emilia- Shalyn McFaul
Musician- Gaby Grice
Duke- Torey Urquhart
Montano- Melissa Wright
Bianca- Fabiana Cabral
Roderigo- Saiya Floyd
Brabantio- Christopher Prentice
Lodovico- Laura Hubbard
Officer/Third Gentleman- Hilary Wartinger
Sailor/Clown- Miriam Bachman
Gratiano- Mark Kreder
Second Senator/First Gentleman- Elizabeth Ramirez
First Senator- Olivia Klausen McCargar
Second Gentleman- Nicole Falgoust
Messenger/Herald- Elizabeth Morriss

 

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