Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief -- An Othello Parody, Songs & Skits
The last date listed for Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief was Saturday, Aug 23, 2008 / 3:00pm.
Paula Vogel’s Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief was the company’s inaugural production in 2002. The 2008 season kicks off with a new staging of the play by Jaclyn Biskup. This bawdy re-imagining is a raucous romp filled with unexpected twists.
Paula Vogel’s (Playwright) play How I Learned to Drive received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play and an Obie Award (Vogel’s second Obie). Other plays include The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot’N’Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven and The Oldest Profession. Her new play, A Civil War Christmas, is in development by Long Wharf Theatre and The Old Globe Theatre for 2008-09. In addition to stage work, Vogel has written several screenplays (“On Common Ground” for Showtime and an adaptation of How I Learned to Drive for Laura Ziskind Productions and HBO and others).
Jaclyn Biskup (Director) founded The Mill in fall 2002 and currently serves as the company’s Artistic Director. She directed the company’s critically acclaimed productions of A Dream Play, Venus, Big Love, The Bald Soprano, The Madman and the Nun and The Mill’s initial production of Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief. Biskup received her B.A. in Theatre Comprehensive from Northern Illinois University.
Shannon Latimer’s (Lyrics and Burlesque) writing has appeared in past Mill shows, including An Unenchanted Evening and the company’s original staging of Desdemona. She also wrote and directed Your Own Wheels and Dysphoria: Ditties for the company’s Et Cetera festival. Latimer was the recipient of the Mary Pickford Fellowship in 2007, and recently was awarded with the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant for her first independent short film “Penny and Charlie,” which is currently in production.
Stephanie Sherline (Composer and Musical Director) is a recent graduate of Northwestern University’s theatre department and the newest member of The Mill. While at Northwestern, she composed music for several productions including _The Promise, The Orphan Train, Suitcase… _and the Midwest premiere of Thrush. In Chicago she has composed and designed for The Mill, Curious Theatre Branch, PEOPLES Theatre of Chicago, Apex Theatre Company and Profiles Theatre. She has also performed original music for Serendipity Theatre’s 2nd Story Festival.