Othello, you know how a misplaced handkerchief spelled doom for the character of Desdemona. But Paula Vogel's comedic take on the classic tragedy spins a decidedly different series of events for the wife of the temperamental military captain. In Desdemona, A Play About A Handkerchief, the story is re-imagined through the perspective of the original play's woman characters: Desdemona, a tawdry seductress who regales her sexual encounters with her confidante and servant, Emilia, the scheming wife of Iago, and Bianca, the town whore. Far removed from the dainty victim in Shakespeare's version, Vogel gives Desdemona unprecedented power and voraciousness as well as a sense of humor.
If you're familiar with William Shakespeare's play