Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief
by Paula Vogel, directed by Nanci Carol Ruby
College of Performing Arts
Department of Theatre at the College of Performing Arts
In Desdemona, A Play About A Handkerchief, Paula Vogel takes us on a journey behind the scenes of Shakespeare’s Othello. We meet the female characters of this story in sharp contrast to their original depiction. The tragedy is that each woman struggles alone, using the others as means to an end. There are no innocent victims in the female-dominated room Vogel creates, but outside the door, a palpable and senseless violence awaits. Much like Shakespeare’s Othello, Vogel’s Desdemona is a cautionary tale. Can Desdemona, Emilia, and Bianca forge a trust before it is too late?
$20 general admission; $15 seniors 65+, alumni, and non-Chapman students; $10 Chapman students, faculty, and staff.
Linger a bit longer after the show to enjoy a lively and engaging talk-back with Chapman panelists from a wide array of disciplines who will explore many of the themes presented in the play:
Dr. Mikel Hogan, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology
Prof. Denise Johnson, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Art
Prof. CK Magliola, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Dept of Sociology
Nanci Carol Ruby, Director and Sarah Kaino, Student Assistant Director