Let’s play the scene where Othello questions Desdemona about the whereabouts of the handkerchief he gave her.
This scene needs four players to play that scene, with Othello, Desdemona, and Emilia in Parts and Cues format, and the Clown (who has a small part) in Highlit Text format (so that he can also act as prompt if something goes wrong with the playing of the scene). This scene allows the players to try out running a scene for three main players in Parts and Cues format.
Each player needs their own tablet, smartphone, or laptop, with a web browser.
The four roles, in order of appearance, with links to their scripts, are:
Player 1: Desdemona (script in Parts and Cues format)
Player 2: Clown (script in Highlit Text format) so he can prompt if necessary
Player 3: Emilia (script in Parts and Cues format)
Player 4: Othello (script in Parts and Cues format) so he can prompt if necessary
When each player has clicked on the appropriate link, and got to his script, play the scene until the end of the scene
Now you’ve read this scene, there’s a number of things you can do:
Read the scenes again and again, changing roles, until the speeches sound ‘just right’
Let us know how it went (the good and the bad) by posting on Players-Shakespeare.com’s Facebook page
Read the whole play by clicking on the following link: Othello
Choose another piece for 2, 3, 4, or more players to read from: Playreadings for 4 players
Get 6 – 12 friends around and read one of the Shakespeare plays choosing from those available at MFFEV5
If you want to understand better how our MFFEV5 CloudReader scripts work, read:
- Preparing Malvolio for Performance using MFFEV5 CloudReader and Parts and Cues