Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief -- The Hidden Story of Othello's Women
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It was simply amazing to me what the actors could do with just a few simple props and lighting to illuminate, in a most human way, the lives of women in Elizabethan England. The play does a great job of underscoring the yearnings, fears, and ultimate sisterhood of women from different walks of life in Shakespearian times--with humor and fine acting.
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“Vogel remains one of the smartest, most original and engaging playwrights to come along in the last few years.” —NY Newsday
Mission Theatre Company, the Twin Cities newest theatre company is thrilled to present Paula Vogel’s comic deconstruction of Shakespeare’s Othello, Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief at the James Sewell Ballet TEK BOX in The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts. As the wrongly accused and suffering wife of Shakespeare’s tragic Moor, Othello, Desdemona has long been viewed as the “victim of circumstance.” But as Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel demonstrates in her comic deconstruction of Shakespeare’s play—aligning tongue-in cheek humor while raising serious questions as to the role of women through the ages—Desdemona was far from the quivering naïf we’ve all come to know.
Having slept with Othello’s entire encampment, Desdemona, played by Abby DeSanto revels in her bawdy tales of conquest. Her foils and rapt listeners are the other integral and re-imagined women of this Shakespeare tragedy: Emilia (Andrea Rose Tonsfeldt), Desdemona’s servant and the wife of Iago, and Bianca (Anneliese Stuht), now a majestic whore of Cyprus. Join this seasoned cast on Vogel’s humorous and dramatic journey.