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.
Othello Monologue: Desdemona
What Can We Steal From Paula Vogel’s Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief?
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. Seems this frail has written herself a play, my brothers. And not just any stageable story in which life is properly presented, but a play about what they are up to.