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Feminist Theatre Shows New View on Othello

Feminist Theatre Shows New View on Othello

Posted - Nov. 10, 2004 at 4:40 p.m.



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Carole Mikita ReportingDecades ago there was an award-winning play titled "Rosencrants and Guildenstern are Dead", about two minor characters in Hamlet. A new production does the same thing with another one of Shakespeare's plays, except it's all about the women.

Desdamona, Amelia and Bianca are characters Shakespeare created, but these are not his words and there are a few people missing -- the men. Told from the viewpoint of the women in his play 'Othello', Desdamona: A Play About a Handkerchief’, is a Pulizter-prize winning script in its own right.

Candace Christensen, Avalon Isle Women's Theatre Group: “Paula Vogel the playwright of our play ‘Desdamona: A Play About a Handkerchief’, she took these characters and made them three-dimensional. She gave them highs and lows and hills and valleys. They’re much more interesting in this play.”

'Desdamona: A Play About a Handkerchief' is a way for a new theatre troupe to launch itself. Created last April, members of Avalon Isle Women's Theatre Group believe they have something different to say.

Aina Holtz-Lagor, Avalon Isle Women's Theatre Group: "Create a platform that invites women and men to tell women's stories, to find plays, produce plays that concentrate on women and women's experiences."

They call it feminist theatre and acknowledge that to some that will be off-putting, but they say misconceptions come from images, not simply working in an equal atmosphere with men. They hope to both entertain and make people think about women's roles on and off stage, with a play that shows each woman wanting to be someone else.

'Desdamona: A Play About A Handkerchief' has two shows this weekend the 13th and 14th. You need reservations to attend. And keep in mind it is for mature audiences only, with strong language and adult themes.

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