Second Thought Theatre Closes 2015 Season with Othello

written by William Shakespeare

directed by Joel Ferrell

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DALLAS (July 13, 2015) – Second Thought Theatre closes its 2015 season with one of William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Othello. Joel Ferrell’s intimate and immersive production starring Tyrees Allen in the title role opens with previews on Wednesday, July 15 and runs through Saturday, August 8. All performances of Othello will take place at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Campus, 3636 turtle Creek Blvd. Tickets to Othello can be purchased online at

“We have decided to produce the show in a very sparse theatrical environment and remove any separation between actor and audience,” said Ferrell. “My hope would be that each audience member takes responsibility for speaking up or remaining silent as the plot unfolds around them. This deeply personal play about human frailty and the insidious thoughts that can destroy even the strongest among us, asks the audience how much unacceptable and destructive behavior they will allow.”

Jealousy, love, betrayal, seduction. Shakespeare’s Othello resonates just as strongly today as it did when it was first penned and performed. Director Joel Ferrell returns to STT after 2013’s critically acclaimed Gruesome Playground Injuries to tackle this great classic. In true STT fashion, the production will focus on creative staging and dynamic acting in an intimate environment. One of the finest plays in the English cannon, Othello is about how fear and hatred poison the human heart and lead to great tragedy.

Tyrees Allen makes his return to the Dallas stage and his STT debut as Othello and STT Artistic Director Alex Organ (Red Light Winter) plays the “honest” Iago. Joining them are Morgan Garrett as Desdamona, Taylor Harris as Montano, Max Hartman as Roderigo, Jenny Ledel as Emilia, Blake McNamara as Cassio, Danielle Pickard as the Duchess and Bianca, and Aaron Roberts as Brabantio.

The design team for Othello includes costume design by Jennifer Ables, lighting design by Aaron Johansen and sound design by John Flores.

Othello opens with previews on Wednesday, July 15 at 7:30p. Opening and press night is Friday, July 17 at 8:00pm. The PWYC performances of Othello will take place on Wednesday, July 15; Thursday July 16; Monday, July 20; Monday, July 27 and Monday, August 3 at 7:30p. PWYC tickets are available at the box office one hour prior to the start of the performance and are subject to availability. Othello runs through August 8.


Second Thought Theatre seeks to capture the moment of creation between artist and audience. Dedicated to ensemble productions that explore challenging and dramatic works from the canon of theatrical literature, STT strives to enlighten and entertain its audience by pushing the boundaries of human thought and emotion. Old works done in new ways, new works done in old ways. Everything is possible when you take a second thought.

Tyrees Allen (Othello) Broadway credits Amonarso in the Original Broadway Cast of AIDA, Westmoreland in Henry lV at Lincoln Center Theatre. He played Colin Powell in The American premier of David Hare’s Stuff Happens at The Mark Taper and Aegisthus in the World Premier of Timberlake Wertenbakerʼs Elecktra. His Dallas credits include Mr. Chuck in Jonathan Nortonʼs Mississippi Goddamn, Oberon in A Midsummer Nightʼs Dream at Dallas Theatre Center, and Petruchio in Taming Of The Shrew at Dallas Shakespeare Festival. His TV work includes series regular Women’s Murder Club and Dark Blue, recurring roles on The Practice, Close to Home, and he played Gordon Dean in the last season of Alias. Guest star work includes Burn Notice, Scandel, Castle, CSI:Miami, Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, Medium, Cold Case and Brothers & Sisters.

Alex Organ (Iago and STT Artistic Director) is a member of DTC’s Brierley Resident Acting Company. DTC: The Rocky Horror Show, Les Misérables, The Fortress of Solitude, Fly By Night, A Christmas Carol. Local/Regional: Second Thought Theatre (Red Light Winter); Undermain Theater (The Flick; Profanity); Lyric Stage (The Most Happy Fella); Theatre Three (The Farnsworth Invention); WaterTower Theatre (Putting it Together, Little Shop of Horrors); Trinity Shakespeare Festival; Shakespeare Dallas; Epic Theater Ensemble; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; and the Elm Shakespeare Festival. Film/TV: Law & Order: SVU and Second Guessing Grandma. Alex has
directed A Behanding in Spokane and Cock for Second Thought. MFA Yale Drama.

Blake McNamara (Cassio) is thrilled about his debut performance at Second Thought Theatre. Blake graduated from KD College with an Associates of Applied Arts in Acting Performance. He has performed with Shakespeare Dallas, Duncanville Community Theatre, Black Hills Community Theatre (SD), and KMC OnStage (Germany). Some of his credits include Leo Bloom, The Producers; George Bailey, It’s A Wonderful Life; Munkustrap, Cats; Mike Talman, Wait Until Dark; Rev. Moore, Footloose; and Hal, Proof. Blake would like to thank his family and his partner, Karis Renee, for their undying love and support.

Danielle Pickard (Duke of Venice, Bianca) Previous work with Second Thought includes the role of W in last yearʼs Cock and a reading of Our Father by Drew Wall. Selected roles include – Theatre Three: The Farnsworth Invention (Pem, et al), Amyʼs View (Amy), Pygmalion (Eliza Doolittle). Nouveau 47: Alice in Wonderland (Alice), Measure for Measure (Isabella). Shakespeare Dallas: Taming of the Shrew (Bianca), Othello (Desdemona), Much Ado About Nothing (Hero). Undermain: Port Twilight (Juliette). Risk Theatre Initiative: Slaughterhouse 5 (Barbara Pilgrim). Echo Theatre: Ladies of the Camellias (Girl). Danielle would like to thank her husband Andrews for his love and for keeping
her fed during rehearsals.

Aaron Roberts (Brabantio) rejoins the 2TT team, having been previously seen as Colonel Wells in Booth. Aaron has worked on many DFW stages, and was most recently featured in The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence at Stage West, The Explorers Club at WaterTower and Stage West, and Hands On A Hardbody at Theatre 3. Shakespeare Dallas roles include Macduff in Macbeth and Caius Cassius in Julius Caesar. Film/TV credits include Bio Channel’s Killer Teens, Luke in Slaughterlily (OCFF selection), Eric Schmidt in Arbor Day: The Musical. Aaron is a voice actor for FUNimation Studios and received his BFA in Theatre from SMU.

Taylor Harris (Montano) Taylor is excited to be a part of “Othello” in his Second Thought Theatre debut. He has been seen recently in “True West” with House Party Theatre and as a dancing football player in Dallas Theater Center’s “Colossal”. He is an MFA candidate at Southern Methodist University set to graduate in May. Special thanks, love, and admiration to his parents, grandparents, siblings, classmates, and Andy for their continued support.

Morgan Garrett (Desdamona) This is Morganʼs first show with Second Thought, and she feels humbled to be on the stage with some of the best actors in Dallas! Sheʼd like to thank her family for their endless support, Eugene Cook for pushing her into this crazy beautiful world of theater, and her professors for their inspiration and tools to “play.”

Jenny Ledel (Emilia) was born in Fort Worth, TX. Her past Second Thought performances include Anton in Showbusiness, The Glory of Living, Pluck the Day, and, more recently, Abby in Belleville. Her theatrical credits include Trinity Shakespeare Festival, The Undermain Theatre, WaterTower Theatre, Theatre Three, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Texas Shakespeare Festival, The Dallas Museum of Art, and Shakespeare Dallas. Jenny is a multiple recipient of the DFW Critics Forum Award for Best Actress. She was also part of the inaugural Dallas Theater Center Playwright’s Workshop. She is also a company member at Kitchen Dog Theatre. Her Film and Television credits include Karma Police, Spider Veins, and One Tree Hill.

Max Hartman (Roderigo) is thrilled to be making his STT debut, is a Dallas native and long time company member of Kitchen Dog Theater where he was most recently seen in Wilde Earnest, The Arsonists, and Barbecue Apocalypse among others. He has worked with Undermain Theater, Sakespeare Dallas, and as a member of Home By Hovercraft, he beat the drums in their rock musical On The Eve at Theater 3. Also a composer he has written original music for stage and screen and records and performs with his band Mur. In the voice over realm Max is the Voice of Domino’s Pizza, and is represented locally by The Horne Agency.

Joel Ferrell (Director) Mr. Ferrell is the Associate Artistic Director of The Dallas Theater Center where his duties include directing and producing. Directing Credits for DTC include: Clybourne Park, Reasons To Be Pretty, Dividing The Estate, Cabaret, God Of Carnage, Red, Driving Miss Daisy, The Rocky Horror Show, and seven seasons of Richard Hellesonʼs adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Mr. Ferrell is the former Artistic Director of Casa Manana Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas where he directed over 30 productions. Other Directing credits in DFW include; Comedy Of Errors for Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Gruesome Playground Injuries for Second Thought Theatre, Whoʼs Afraid Of Virginia Woolf,
Baltimore Waltz, and Alfred Stieglitz Loves Okeeffe For Stage West. Mr. Ferrell has worked nationally for Portland Center Stage, Papermill Playhouse, Fordʼs Theater and North Shore Music Theater, among others.

Anna Baranski (Stage Manager) is a Graduate from the University of California, Irvine, with a MFA in Stage Management. Anna completed her undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University earning a B.F.A. in Theatre production. Annaʼs work credits include working at: HITS Theater, The Childrenʼs Theater Festival (Houston, TX), Circle Theater, Casa Manana (Broadway series), Theatre Arlington, Kids Who Care, the Trinity Shakespeare Festival (2011-2012), the Texas Shakespeare festival, and the Guthrie. Anna is currently a stage manager at the Dallas Theater Center.

Drew Wall (Production Manager/Technical Director) has been an Artistic Associate with Second Thought Theatre since 2007. From 2009 to the present he has been producing and working as the Production Manager and Resident Artist, designing and acting in nearly every show for that duration. Second Thought acting credits include Nocturne, Booth, Red Light Winter, A Behanding in Spokane, The Bomb-itty of Errors, A Skull in Connemara, The Country Wife, and Lobby Hero. Drew holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University, is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency, and would like to thank his friends and family for their constant love and support.

Aaron Johansen (Lighting Design) STT: Nocturne; Cock; Pluck the Day. Dallas Theater Center: Oedipus el Rey; Red; The Second City Does Dallas; A Christmas Carol. Before moving to Dallas six years ago, Aaron received his B.S. in theatre design and technology with an emphasis in lighting design from Ball State University. By day Aaron is Master Electrician for Dallas Theater Center. Lighting credits include: Ruth, Turn of the Screw and Macbeth (Kitchen Dog); Baby, the Musical (PFamily Arts); 2010-2011 Gala and numerous parties and dinners (DTC); Hair; J.B.; Coppelia; Cabaret; Erratica; The Colored Museum and numerous dance pieces (Ball State).

Jennifer Ables (Costume Design) Alabama Shakespeare Festival: Good Night Moon; Charlotteʼs Web; Dallas Theater Center: The Book Club Play, Sherlock Holmes, The Final Adventure, Oedipus El Rey, Red, To Kill A Mockingbird, Henry IV; Second Thought Theatre: Booth, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Thom Pain (based on nothing); Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival: Macbeth, Winterʼs Tale; University of Texas at Dallas: Dr. Caligariʼs Cabinet, Comedy of Errors; Watertower Theater: As You Like It; Risk Theater Initiative: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot; Jennifer has been the costume shop manager at Dallas Theater Center since December 2008 and holds an MFA in costume design from Florida State University.

John Flores (Sound Design) Previous STT: Belleville, Bull, Cock, In A Forest Dark And Deep, Gruesome Playground Injuries, A Behanding In Spokane, A Skull In Connemara, Lobster Alice; Kitchen Dog Theater: The Firestorm, Thinner Than Water, Gidionʼs Knot, The Motherfucker With The Hat, Race, Se Llama Cristina, One Man Show, Rx, The Chairs, The Beauty Queen Of Leenane, Becky Shaw and more; Dallas Theater Center: Raisin In The Sun, Clybourne Park; Theatre Three: Seminar, Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo; Other credits Audacity Theatre Lab, Shakespeare Dallas, Our Endeavors Theater Collective, Junior Players, Teatro Dallas, Cara Mia Theater, Project X Theater, and Limehouse Theater.

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