Olson presents paper, is dramaturg for PICT's Othello
Kristen Olson, associate professor of English at Penn State Beaver, presented a paper, "Mirroring in Measure for Measure," at the Shakespeare Association of America’s annual convention held April 1-3 in Chicago. The conference is the largest annual international gathering of Shakespeare scholars.
In addition, Olson will serve as the dramaturg for the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre’s (PICT) production of Shakespeare’s "Othello," which will run May 20 through June 12. As dramaturg, Olson will work closely with the play’s director and actors in rehearsals to ensure and enhance authenticity and character development while providing advice on the historical and poetic nuances of the play. On June 6, Olson will participate in a PICT panel discussion, "Othello for a 21st Century Audience," which is free and open to the public.
A thoroughly modern play, "Othello" deals with themes of identity, trust, and deception. One of Shakespeare's most frequently-produced dramas, "Othello" has undergone numerous film, operatic and literary adaptations, remaining popular with audiences more than 400 years after first appearing on stage.