Presented by Southwest Shakespeare Company


Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey

Written by Debra Ann Byrd

Directed by Tina Packer


November 3-11

Mesa Arts Center – Anita Cox Farnsworth Studio Theater


“Riveting - * * * * * –  Wall Street Journal

“a powerful, electric play.” (Seattle Times)

Official Selection of the 2022 National Black Theatre Festival


Fresh on the heels of performing this one-woman living memoir at Lincoln Center, Debra Ann Byrd brings Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey, to the Southwest Shakespeare stage. Fearlessly exploring her upbringing in Spanish Harlem and life as a single mother and artist, Byrd weaves her personal struggles and triumphs through her acclaimed, gender-switched performance as the Moor of Venice.  Don’t miss this tour-de-force hailed as “astonishing, brilliant, heartbreaking, and ultimately inspiring.” -Mark Nixon, Stratford-upon-Avon. 


Performance Schedule

Nov 3 & 4 at 7:30 pm

Nov 4 & 5 at 2:00 pm


Nov 9, 10 & 11 at 7:30 pm

Nov  11 at 2:00 pm


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Delve into the history of Becoming Othello at the Flachmann Seminar on Nov. 4th at 9am.

Flachmann Seminar is included when purchasing a Bard Card ticket package or purchase it separately here.


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