By Sonia Weiser

If it were not for four women, Iago would be standing on a dark, empty stage at the Delacorte Theater this summer, swatting away mosquitoes, with his voice drowned out by distant honks and dog howls.

Instead, thanks to the handiwork of the lighting designer Jane Cox, the scenic designer Rachel Hauck, the costume designer Toni-Leslie James, and the sound designer Jessica Paz, Iago — the devilish mastermind who drives the plot of Shakespeare’s “Othello” — is clad in leather and strikingly illuminated as he struts through stone archways and growls his soliloquies.

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