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The Boxcar Playhouse
505 Natoma Street San Francisco, CA 94103
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"Desdemona, A Play About a Handkerchief"
14 ratings
4.4 average rating
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440 events
335 reviews
81 stars
attended Sep 25 2011

Turns out I attended the first peview, not the third. They didn't even have programs. It still needs some time to gel though I think the storyline could use some further development. The time where/when it is set is confusing. The actress...continued

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113 reviews
44 stars
attended Sep 25 2011

Really great cast, set, and play. Highly recommend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BTW-Free parking on Sundays is NOT ample, despite what website promotes. The two blocks before the theater require resident parking stickers EVERY day.

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41 reviews
9 stars
attended Oct 13 2011

The acting was very good. The premise that Desdemona was really a slut - and a fairly stupid one, given the crazy risks she takes, unrealistic, in fact for anyone who was alive at that time, left me with the feeling that she was not a...continued

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What if Desdemona really was a whore?  

Paula Vogel gives us a glimpse of “real” life on Cyprus and just what exactly goes on behind closed doors while Othello is being destroyed by his terrible jealousy. Desdemona pines for a better life without the restrictions of traditional society, all the while egging on her pious maid, Emilia. When Bianca, the town whore, shows up and reveals a secret or two, things start to fall apart as we careen towards the dramatic finale that brings Desdemona together with Othello.   

Written by: Paula Vogel

Directed by: Peter Matthews

Assistant Director: Sarah Nagelvoort

Desdemona – Karina Wolfe

Emilia – Adrienne Krug

Bianca – Theresa Miller

Stage/Production Manager ~ Stephanie Desnoyers


Dialect Coach ~ Stephanie Maysonave

Fight Choreographer/Movement Coach ~ Billy Higgins

Dramaturg ~ Michael Moerman

Technical Director/Properties Designer ~ Megan Lush

Lighting Designer ~ Joan Grinde-Scout

Scenic Designer ~ Jenn Scheller

Costume Designer ~ Amanda Angott

Assistant Costume Designer ~ Danielle Garrabrants

Graphic Designer ~ Michael Harms