Festival 56 presents Shakespeare’s dramatic tragedy Othello July 7-31 in Princeton’s Soldiers and Sailors Park with a cross-gender cast, as women play key male characters and vice versa.

The Venetian general Othello the Moor has named Cassio her lieutenant, passing over Iago, who remains an ensign. Othello has just secretly married Desdemona, setting into motion a tangle of vengeful plots and lies with loyalty being questioned. Othello becomes the victim of intense mind games played by those whom she once trusted. Adding to the complexity of the play is the question of race and whether the Moor is treated differently because she is an outsider. Othello and Shakespeare in the Park is made possible in part by National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Art Works, Sun Foundation, Church Women United, Starved Rock Country Community Foundation, Wal-Mart, and Heartland Bank and Trust Company.

Shakespeare in the Park is free in Soldiers and Sailors Park located on South Main Street in Princeton across from the courthouse and is fully accessible with public parking nearby. Refreshments will be provided at most of the performances.


  • Starting Sunday, July 7th, 2019, repeats every week on Sunday and Wednesday until Wednesday, July 31, 2019 @ 7:30 pm


Soldier and Sailors Park

Park Ave
Princeton, IL

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