404 NW 26th Street
Miami, FL 33137
Performing at The M Ensemble Theatre Company (Mar 8 - Mar 25)
Runtime: 2 Hours 15 Minutes
As the play opens in Harlem in the 1990s, a young black teacher at Columbia University, Othello, has just walked out on his wife of nine years, graduate student Billie, to marry Mona, a white colleague on the Upper East Side. Flashbacks link their entanglement to other aspects of the North American black experience: a slave couple planning an escape to Canada on the Underground Railroad in 1860 and a classical actor reduced to playing in black minstrel shows in 1928. In all three cases, "Othello" wants to experience the advantages of the predominant white society.
The M Ensemble Company has been a local cultural treasure in the Miami-Dade County community for 39 years. The M Ensemble Company is the oldest African American regional theatre company in the State of Florida and the oldest in Miami-Dade County. The Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council has classified the company as an emerging Major Cultural Institution. The company produces a four play season with plays reflecting the African American experience. The M Ensemble is committed to bringing quality productions with a collaborative partnership with local and national actors, directors, and playwrights for cultural excellence. Florida's oldest established African-American theater company offers musical, contemporary, classical and original plays; theater workshops for children and adults; and special vibrant presentations for Kwanzaa and Black Music Month.