AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Theatre in the College of Liberal Arts continues its 2013-2014 season with a contemporary take on Shakespeare in “Desdemona: A Play about a Handkerchief,” directed by Tessa Carr and opening April 8 on the mainstage of the Telfair Peet Theatre.
The production runs April 8-12 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance April 13 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.auburnuniversitytheatre.org, or by phone at (334) 844-4154, and are free to Auburn University students with ID and $15 for the general public.
“Desdemona: A Play about a Handkerchief” is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel and is a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy “Othello.” Vogel reimagines the tale of an innocent bride’s betrayal as a funny, provocative and feminist take on women living in a world ruled by men.
“Vogel’s play upends the simple caricatures of Shakespeare’s original work,” said Carr. “Her characters are fully formed with opinions on sex, power and class. Like Vogel, I believe these topics are still relevant despite the circulating idea that we are living in a post-feminist world. Her script is funny and poignant and raises important questions about the possibilities of female-actualization, friendship and freedom amidst a patriarchal power structure.”
The cast includes Diana Freeberg, Savannah Renfrow and Kaye Stuckey. The production features scenic and lighting design by Fereshteh Rostampour, costume design by Jennifer Salter and sound design by Scott Waters.
(Contributed by Kelly Walker.)