Jason Wilson, a celebrated young African American actor, enrolls at a prestigious theater school in Japan to play the lead role in Shakespeare’s Othello, only to find his dreams of greatness are tempered by an instructor who challenges him to question his reason for being there.
Othello-san challenges the audience to consider the fundamental concept of perspective. It demands an examination of race, gender, religion, nationality and culture. It uncovers deep seated differences that will either bridge gaps or reinforce century old barriers and misconceptions of two highly celebrated social groups.
Each character brings a heavy dose of self-perspective to the story that causes a tremendous disconnect. In the end, it may end up asking more questions than providing answers, but the ultimate goal is to start a dialogue, and from that discover a collective truth.