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Otîhêw ()

Produced by

Shakespeare in Action

Playwright: PJ Prudat
Director: Lisa Nasson


August 4th, 2023 – August 20th, 2023


otîhêw is a Métis-Cree reimagining of Shakespeare’s Othello, by PJ Prudat. This reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is set in a north western factory fort along the Saskatchewan river in 1816, the year of no summer, at the height of imperial trading that drove colonization over sovereign Indigenous lands. otîhêw, an affluent “child of the fur-trade”, is a Métis woman bound in the historical “custom-of-the-country” to Desmond, an Afro-Indigenous fur-trader, complicating her duty as the leader of her people.

Playwright PJ Prudat weaves together themes of duty, love, betrayal and familial bonds in a poetic and powerful play that will both surprise audiences familiar with Othello and captivate audiences encountering the story for the first time. (


Nicole Joy-Fraser otîhêw
Jonathon LeRose Hamish
Spencer Bennet Desmond
Jewell Bowry Inès
Brefny Caribou Birdie
Raymond Jordan Johnson-Brown Soloman

Creative Team

PJ Prudat Playwright
Lisa Nasson Director
Nishina Loft Set Designer
Nishina Loft Costume Designer
Nishina Loft Prop Designer
Jacob Lin 林鴻恩 Lighting Designer
Jacob Lin 林鴻恩 Sound Designer
Anita Nittoly Fight Director
Jordan M. Burns Assistant Director
Val Vergara Design Assistant


Heather Bellingham Stage Manager
Tanvi Vyas Assistant Stage Manager
Vivien Illion Apprentice Stage Manager
Aaheli Mukherjee Production Manager
Michelle Urbano Producer
Sooji Kim Assistant Technical Director
Stephon Smith Production Assistant - Sound
Kayleigh Mundy Production Assistant - Lighting
Cindy Ci Production Assistant - Costume & Props