Debra Ann Byrd (pictured) is the tour-de-force that is “Becoming Othello: A Black Girl's Journey.”
This one-woman show, now playing at Seattle Shakespeare Company, explores the intersections of race, gender and opportunity through iconic Shakespeare character Othello. Byrd’s first experience with this character was when she played the title role, dressed as a man. After that, she started working with a writing coach to develop the show. Eventually, she partnered with director Tina Packer, Shakespeare & Company founder, and debuted the show in Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon in 2019.
The show runs Wednesday through Sunday through Jan. 29 at the Seattle Armory (305 Harrison St.). Tickets range from $39-$56 and are available at seattleshakespeare.org.