S y n o p s i s
"All the world's a stage, and all the
men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts..." William
aptly come to life in I Will Avenge You, Iago!,
a comedy about great actors and their on and off stage dramas and
farces including adultery, burglary, suicide and murder.
A great stage performance almost costs Jack Bandrowsky
- Melinda and Melinda, Vanya on 42nd Street, The Royal Tenenbaums)
his life when a naive and confused audience member, Marvin (Keith
Nobbs - Phonebooth, 25th Hour, It Runs in the Family)
goes backstage to kill the villain Iago at the end of "Otello".
In a desperately improvised and inspired performance, Bandrowsky
convinces Marvin that the real villain is not him, but instead --
the Duke, who killed his beloved daughter Gilda.
Meanwhile, upon arriving home from her theatrical
tour, Jack's actress wife, Helen (Michi
Barall - Personal Velocity, Law & Order, Cosby),
finds his gorgeous mistress Eve Zimmermann (Kate
Hodge - Ellen, JAG, Cupid) cleaning their apartment
in nothing but an apron. In truth, however, there is no mistress,
just a brilliant con woman who takes off with all of Helen's jewels.
In the next act, Helen leaves Jack for the director
of her theater company, played by the incomparable Giancarlo
Esposito (Night on Earth, Do the Right Thing, The
Usual Suspects, Smoke). The Director cuts her from the role
of Ophelia in their production of "Hamlet" and
cheats on her with an HIV positive actor. The pregnant Helen breaks
down and kills herself... but this is just a house rehearsal of
his new play!!
The rehearsal is over and Helen rushes to the
hundredth anniversary performance of "Rigoletto"
starring her real husband - Jack Bandrowsky. True to his word of
revenge, Marvin attends the performance, finds the Duke in his dressing
room, and blows him up with a hand-grenade...
One year later. On stage of the prison theater
convict-actors perform an adaptation of "Hamlet"
written by the Warden (Larry
Drake – LA Law, American Pie 2). Among the few
guests are Bandrowsky and Helen, invited by Marvin, who plays the
lead role. This time Helen is finally pregnant for real. She is
shocked to recognize Eve Zimmermann as Hamlet's mother (Eve is serving
5 years for a profoundly artistic major fraud). Helen does not turn
Eve in, but hands her flowers – in appreciation of a yet another
Iago is reminiscent
of Woody Allen's work in style and spirit.
It is always funny, often heartbreaking, and never predictable.
With its eccentric characters, fascinating stories and stellar cast,
Iago appeals to anyone who likes good