There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Othello and Iago's "secret," Desdemona's Barbary, these additions to Othello both increase and decrease the agency of the women. Yes...Time we heard the women’s perspective... Hard to imagine really loving this without hearing the songs, but overall it's an interesting, if slightly abstract, take on Othello. When I first read this, I was not a huge fan of this play. I thoroughly enjoyed it on literary, dramatic, psychological, and philosophical levels. The title character of the play is Desdemona, the wife of the title character in Shakespeare's Othello. The story of Desdemona from Shakespeare's Othello is re-imagined by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison, Malian singer and songwriter Rokia Traoré, and acclaimed stage director Peter Sellars. With "Desdemona," a play that opened earlier this week, the Nobel laureate Toni Morisson probes the hidden suffering and occult oppression woven into Shakespeare's tale Othello. Morrison's response to Sellars’ 2009 production of Othello is an intimate dialogue of words and music between Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary. Kept from a 5 because of the density and the brevity. (And yes, I'm channelling Harold Bloom here. Only Toni Morrison could write such a response to Othello, one which resolves the tragedy Shakespeare couldn't. Desdemona is the most fiery angel in Shakespeare’s creation—a radiant and radical woman of independence courage and love. [2] The 2011 play arose from a collaboration between Morrison, director Peter Sellars, and musician Rokia Traoré, and revolves around Desdemona's relationship with the African nurse who raised her.[3][4][5][6][7]. Desdemona directed by Peter Sellars, Text by Toni Morrison, Music by Rokia Traoré 29 May 2011, Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg – Royal Flemish Theatre, Brussels. Welcome back. 1, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Desdemona_(play)&oldid=966004635, Articles with dead external links from November 2019, Articles with permanently dead external links, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, May 15, 17-21, 2011 - Theater Akzent - Vienna, Austria, May 26–29, 2011 - Theatre Royal Flamand (KVS) - Brussels, Belgium, October 13–21, 2011 - Nanterre-Amandiers theatre, Nanterre, France, October 26–29, 2011 - Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, United States, November 2–3, 2011 - Rose Theater - New York, United States, November 10–12, 2011 - Haus der Berliner Festspiele - Berlin, Germany, July 2012 - Barbican Centre - London, England, June 11-13 2013 - Holland Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, November 2013 - Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts: School of Drama - Kingston, Jamaica, October 16–19, 2015 - Southbank Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, April 16, 2019 - Sanders Theater, Cambridge, MA, This page was last edited on 4 July 2020, at 18:22. It was first produced in Vienna in May 2011. It brings further depth to Othello by giving voice to the characters and addressing potential nuanced undertones to the original story. About the Author Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. Short but good commentary and savage burns. She has also received the National Critics … Desdemona by Toni Morrison - Alibris Buy Desdemona by Toni Morrison online at Alibris. Morrison’s story is fascinating, the music, with its dreamy spa quality and tribal African beat, is mesmorizing, and the talent is prodigious. I will definitely read this again one day, because it was so dense that it's hard to review fully objectively. If you've read Othello and you're ready for Toni Morrison to take you to the brink of sanity, then this is the play for you. We have new and used copies available, in 1 editions - starting at $13.45. Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison, gives voice to one of Shakespeare's most mysterious characters in this inventive and lyrical retelling of Desdemona's life and murder by her husband Othello. Far more experimental than my normal read but I really enjoyed this one. In Toni Morrison’s creation, Desdemona is no longer a teenager but a mature woman with perspective and the opportunity to gradually recognize and let go of her own illusions. As one who still calls Othello her favorite of Shakespeare’s plays, I was embarrassed that I didn’t know this work existed. Morrison’s Desdemona picks up where Shakespeare’s Othello leaves off, taking place in Desdemona’s afterlife. Reading Toni Morrison 2020 - Bonus read. (Having not experienced the live music I, I wish it were longer, and I wish I could have seen it live in 2011 rather than read it now. Desdemona is a collaboration among writer Toni Morrison, theater director Peter Sellars, and musician Rokia Traoré. Stage manager notes would help clarify staging. Toni Morrison says the most important thing in writing Desdemona was to remove Iago's 'white male gaze'. The story of Desdemona from Shakespeare's Othello is reimagined by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison, Malian singer and songwriter Rokia Traore, and acclaimed stage director Peter Sellars. Desdemona is a play that first debuted at Theater Akzent in Vienna, Austria in 2011 and published in 2012 by Oberon Books. 504 Angela Street. This reimagining of Desdemona (from Othello) was interesting with race, class and gender all featuring prominently. i usually write very punchy one-sentence reviews intended to be humorous, but i can’t do that here. Last year in London, I was bowled over by Euripides’ Medea, adapted for the National Theatre by Ben Powers. I think this is a play that must be seen to be truly treasured and understood. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. After, I really started thinking about it, though, and finding different themes to use for my Shakespeare project I began to like it. It's a high 4 for me. But I did enjoy seeing an old work through new eyes, though. first, i love toni morrison and i think reading her books has changed me for the better as a person; her way with words is fierce and cutting and so beautiful and sharp it borders on glorious, merging emotional horror with exceptionally vivid grotesque imagery to create truly unforgettable pieces. ), i usually write very punchy one-sentence reviews intended to be humorous, but i cant do that here. I'm sure we miss a lot by just reading it without hearing what appears to be significant musical accompaniment, but fans of Morrison won't want to miss out. Paul Rae will chair After Tragedy, Listening: A roundtable response to Toni Morrison’s Desdemona on … first, i love toni morrison and i think reading her books has changed me for the better as a person; her way with words is fierce and cutting and so beautiful and sharp it borders on glorious, merging emotional horror with exceptionally vivid grotesque imagery to create truly unforgettable pieces. tags: judgement, love. This reimagining of Desdemona (from Othello) was interesting with race, class and gender all featuring prominently. Toni Morrisons writing is incredible, but not being able to hear the music that weaves into the play while reading was difficult. Challenges: May 2020 - 21/31 books. […] What Morrison begins to do in fleshing out Desdemona's preparation for loving Othello and Othello's back story is brilliant; I wish she had done more. Morrison's response to Sellars' 2009 production of Othello is an intimate dialogue of words and music between Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary. Life and career Early years. A beautiful collaboration. Morrison's play marks the third major play focusing on Shakespeare's Desdemona composed by a modern female playwright, following Desdemona: A Play about a Handkerchief (1993) by Paula Vogel, and Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (1988) by Ann-Marie MacDonald. The story of Desdemona from Shakespeare's Othello is re-imagined by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison, Malian singer and songwriter Rokia Traoré, and acclaimed stage director Peter Sellars. The 2011 play arose from a collaboration between Morrison, director Peter Sellars, and musician Rokia Traoré, and revolves around Desdemona's relationship with the African nurse who raised her. What I really wish is that she had used a longer form-narrative poem or novel. Throughout Desdemona, Morrison constructs a magical realist model for self-liberation by removing the previously established natural social order. Desdemona as a performance product was a unique theatrical experience. Desdemona explores her life before and after the events of Othello. Par Charles Holdefer Publication en ligne le 24 juin 2011 The story of Desdemona from Shakespeare's Othello is re-imagined by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison, Malian singer and songwriter Rokia Traoré, and acclaimed stage director Peter Sellars. Absolutely stunning language in many moments, wonderful moments of radical afterlife honesty that allow the script to be flipped, the stories complicated (albeit sometimes didactically). Writer Toni Morrison, director Peter Sellars, and singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré breathe new life into Shakespeare’s Desdemona. In the case of Toni Morrison's Desdemona; misery is the curse for having but one life after gaining wisdom in death. I started a d finished this yesterday. Morrison's response to Sellars’ 2009 production of Othello is an intimate dialogue of words and music between Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary. It's a brilliant but underdeveloped response to Shakespeare's most troubling play. Toni Morrison’s writing is incredible, but not being able to hear the music that weaves into the play while reading was difficult. I thoroughly enjoyed it on literary, dramatic, psychological, and philosophical levels. We’d love your help. 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Simpson Case, Remember: The Journey to School Integration, The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations, Othello Ballet Suite/Electronic Organ Sonata No. Toni Morrison's play, Desdemona, is a brilliant and powerful re-reading of Othello. Morrison's response to Sellars’ 2009 production of Othello is an intimate dialogue of words and music between Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary. Between the mumbled passages of defiance and screamed lines from Shakespeare's original, I have absolutely no idea how this is considered a play when there's effectively no character or plot. I enjoyed performing it and got so much more from it in action than in reading. In William Shakespeare's Othello, Desdemona is beautiful and young, but also enigmatic: one cannot know exactly why she rejects her numerous Venetian suitors to marry the Moor. Morrison gives voice and depth to the … Like Shakespeare's plays, it is a play for a reason. I think this is a play that must be seen to be truly treasured and understood. Very thought provoking and. But that's contemporary drama, I suppose? However, I think it lost a lot of its impact because - as a play - it was designed to be performed, rather than read and I read it. Not my fave, but it has a great quote: We will be judged by how well we love. It also happens to be the afterlife of Othello himself, and a few other people. Viewed some portions of the play and music on YouTube. I would consider this more of a character study. She is now given an astonishing and provocative further voice by Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, who reveals secrets in Othello that will change forever our reading of the play. The official playscript of Desdemona was published in 2012 by Oberon Books, with a foreword written by the director Peter Sellars. Desdemona, in Morrison’s update, reaches out to Barbary to explain that it was through their early contact that she was able to transcend the racial prejudices of her people and marry Othello. [1] The title character of the play is Desdemona, the wife of the title character in Shakespeare's Othello. But I did enjoy seeing an old work through new eyes, though. Definitely made me look at Shakespeare's Othello in a different light. i know this work has value and i want to hear what my Black peers have to say about it, because i know. I appreciate the insights this text offers into the character Desdemona but I'm not quite sure I would call it a play. So, Sellars staged Othello and Morrison said she would find a way “to talk back to Shakespeare”.. Morrison's text, a series of monologues and dialogues spoken by an actress who plays Desdemona and channels various other characters, alternates with songs written and performed by Traoré, a renowned Malian singer and composer. 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