The annual visit from MSU's traveling troupe, Shakespeare in the Parks, is happening in Hamilton August 14th. Again this summer, the "large lawn" at Sapphire Lutheran Homes on North 10th Street will be the site of the evening performance. And, of course, it's free. The play this year is Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello," which has never been performed on the "Parks" stage. Directed by Kevin Asselin, the play will start promptly at 6 p.m. The plot revolves around the characters Iago, Cassio, Desdemona and, or course, Othello.

Shakespeare in the Parks always sets the scene in a different time period than Shakespeare's time - 400 years ago in London. This version of Othello will be taking place in Napoleon's times of the 17th Century. Sapphire Lutheran Homes has plenty of room on the grassy area, just a block north of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. Activities Director Dominic Farrenkopf invited the public to bring their picnics and enjoy the Tuesday evening entertainment. This is the fifth year in a row that Sapphire, and a number of sponsors, has hosted Shakespeare in the Parks in Hamilton. If you miss it in Hamilton, "Othello" will be at the University of Montana Oval in Missoula August 27th, with the other traveling play this year, "Love's Labor's Lost," the following evening, August 28.