Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief by Paula VogelHaving slept with Othellos entire encampment, Desdemona 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, Desdemonas servant and the wife of Iago, and Bianca, now a majestic whore of Cyprus. The reluctantly loyal Emilia pesters Desdemona about a military promotion for her husband. Her motive, however, is that he leave her a wealthy widow, preferably sooner than later. Bianca, now a street-wise, yet painfully naive prostitute, visits Desdemona thinking she is a very good friend and fellow hooker (at least one night a week). Bianca thinks the worst when she soon discovers that Desdemona knows intimate details of the life of her lover, Cassio. Though Desdemona has never been intimate with Cassio, her life is soon in danger when her husband, Othello, also suspects her of infidelity.
?Women in Theatre: ?Paula Vogel
What Can We Steal From Paula Vogel’s Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief?
The play has been published by Dramatists Play Service and is a fascinating read. I respectfully disagree with some of Mr. Summary: Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief takes a look at Othello from the perspective of the women in that classic play. Why did Emilia betray Desdemona? The central machinations of Othello have grave repercussions for Cassio and Iago and the Moor, but Ms. Vogel contemplates the effect of these events on the women in the play.
True, both plays refract well-known stories through the eyes of minor characters who make the admittedly major sacrifice of their lives. And both emphasize class differences among these characters. Imagining Desdemona J. But the moment passes quickly. Directed by Gloria Muzio. Thompson; general manager, Meredith Freeman; production stage manager, Fred Reinglas; production manager, Jody Boese; artistic director, Tanya Berezin; managing director, Abigail Evans. Opened Nov.
The Vortex, through December 1 Running Time: 2 hrs What's been going on, boys, in the chinks of our world machine while we've been out building the bulkheads of civilization according to our own dreams of power and shaping our society to reflect, you might say, the molecular structure of testosterone? What have those other ones been doing? Those other ones: the bit players, the supporting roles, the mirrors that exist to reflect our best image of ourselves back to us, to assure us -- by their self-abnegation -- that we're the important ones. You know, the women. Well, one of them, Paula Vogel, has been pretty busy.