OTHELLO/DESDEMONA

OTHELLO/DESDEMONA

OTHELLO/DESDEMONA

OTHELLO/DESDEMONA

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE | TONI MORRISON

OTHELLO/DESDEMONA, a community engagement project combining Shakespeare's OTHELLO and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison's one and only play, DESDEMONA. This project has been developed in close collaboration with Toni Morrison and director Peter Sellars, the original director and co-conceiver of Desdemona with original compositions by Be Steadwell (Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center).​ Morrison's response to Shakespeare's OTHELLO is an intimate dialogue of words and music between Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary, giving voice and depth to the female characters of the play. Toni Morrison transports one of the most iconic, central, and disturbing treatments of race in Western culture into the new realities and potential outcomes facing the 21st century.