Othello is a chilling drama, featuring perhaps the most sinister and sadistic villain Shakespeare ever penned, Iago. The play opens with Iago disgruntled and severely vengeful, his hatred directed at Othello, the titular general that Iago serves, who has promoted another man above him. Othello has just married the beautiful and pure Desdemona, and in malicious retaliation, Iago seeks to undermine their newfound relationship, manipulating truths, and seducing Othello’s mind with clever lies that skirt the underlying reality. Othello soon falls under Iago’s spell, and begins to doubt his wife’s fidelity, to a deadly and tragic conclusion. Audience members are the only ones privy to Iago’s true character, and as such, Shakespeare deftly draws us in as Iago’s unwilling accomplices, a maneuver that allows this Shakespearean play to resonate long after an initial viewing. Othello is emotionally painful, but its complexity has entranced literary scholars and audiences for years, and it is, indeed, a powerful drama.