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Adapting Shakespeare to New Forms

Iago: The Green Eyed Monster and Ambition’s Debt

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Dates Sun, Jan 28, 2024, 4:30pm

Tickets $20; $15 for Members and Subscribers ($35 - Festival Pass)

Join us at The Reading Room Festival to discuss how Shakespeare’s stories are being adapted into new forms for contemporary audiences, specifically through a musical AR experience, Iago: The Green Eyed Monster, and a post-apocalyptic film, Ambition’s Debt.

Iago: The Green Eyed Monster

Ambition’s Debt film screening

Post-screening conversation


Festival Pass – $35

Access to all Festival open rehearsals, readings, screenings, and conversations.

All-Access Pass – $75

Everything in the Festival Pass, plus invitations to the opening and closing parties.

Students – Free admission to readings and conversations

Admitted free one-half hour before event start time, with a valid ID

Iago: The Green Eyed Monster

Musical AR Experience by Mary Chieffo, Josh Nelson Youssef
Screenplay by Mary Chieffo
Directed by Josh Nelson Youssef, Camila Marturano, Julian Dorado
Produced by Juvee Productions, 3Dar, Verizon

Mary Chieffo shares the story behind Iago: The Green Eyed Monster, a musical AR experience that reimagines one of Shakespeare’s classic villains. From the project’s inspiration to its filming and execution, this illustrated talk will take the audience through the creation process for a behind the scenes look at a remarkable contemporary adaptation.

About Iago: The Green Eyed Monster

This musical prequel to a futuristic take on Shakespeare’s Othello explores the psychology and origin story of the notorious villain Iago reimagined as a woman. Reviewing holographic memories, Iago muses on her schemes in a rock opera villain song that incorporates Shakespeare’s original words into the lyrics. As her song crescendos, Iago is consumed by her jealousy and  literally becomes “the green eyed monster,” destroying everyone and everything in her path to vengeance.

Know before you go: Experience Iago: The Green Eyed Monster ahead of this talk by visiting and using the QR code to download the app on your mobile device.

The Reading Room Festival Q&A: Mary Chieffo and Josh Nelson Youssef
a woman dressed in military garb, standing with her hands behind her back, alone in a spotlight in the middle of a dark room
Folger Spotlight

The Reading Room Festival Q&A: Mary Chieffo and Josh Nelson Youssef

The Folger Spotlight

“I was particularly intrigued by the concept of ‘honest Iago’ and what honesty truly signifies in the context of gender roles,” writes Mary Chieffo.

Ambition’s Debt

Screenplay by Devin E. Haqq, Adapted from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Directed by Devin E. Haqq

Set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world, the story follows the downfall of Rome’s most honored citizen, Marcus Brutus, as he conspires to assassinate Julius Caesar in order to forestall tyranny and preserve democracy.

Devin E. Haqq and Carra Patterson in Ambition's Debt (2017)

Post-screening conversation

Facilitated by Katie Harroff
Panel: Devin E. Haqq and Mary Chieffo

From a 16th-century outdoor stage to an AR experience accessible through your smartphone, Shakespeare’s works have continued to evolve alongside advances in technology and an ever-changing culture. Devin E. Haqq (Ambition’s Debt) and Mary Chieffo (Iago: The Green Eyed Monster) discuss adapting Shakespeare’s works into new forms for contemporary audiences, closing out the Reading Room Festival by asking: If Shakespeare is a starting point, where are we headed to next?

Who’s who

Mary Chieffo

Mary Chieffo

Devin E. Haqq
Devin E. Haqq

Devin E. Haqq