Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey

Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey

What: Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey

One of the best victory stories ever told. Join the Southwest Shakespeare Company for the national premiere of Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey.

A 90 minute, 5-Act, living memoir which explores a young woman’s acting journey on the road to becoming Othello, her trials and triumphs with race and the classics, some memorable experiences on her gender flipped journey and her fun-loving and tumultuous youth; complete with moving multimedia images, lyrical language from Black women playwrights, William Shakespeare, Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and the King James Bible, along with soulful songs and the music that shaped her life in her beloved Harlem.

Written and performed by Debra Ann Byrd with Costumes by Gail Cooper-Hecht, Sound Design by David D. Wright, Story Coaching by Tanya Taylor Rubinstein and Workshopped by Tina Packer.



February 22, 2020 at 7:00 PM

February 27, 2020 at 7:00 PM

March 27, 2020 at 7:00 PM

March 29, 2020 at 2:00 PMA


Where: Phoenix Art Museum; 1625 N. Central Avenue


For tickets and more information, call 602.257.1880 or visit:’s%20journey/events/2

Tickets are $25 for Museum Members and $35 for General Admission (includes general admission to the Museum).


For information about Southwest Shakespeare Company, visit:


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