Theatre continues 2013-2014 with “Desdemona: A Play about a Handkerchief”

Auburn University Theatre in the College of Liberal Arts continues its 2013-2014 season with a contemporary take on Shakespeare, “Desdemona: A Play about a Handkerchief” directed by Tessa Carr, opening April 8, on the mainstage of the Telfair Peet Theatre and running through April 13.

“Desdemona: A Play about a Handkerchief” is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel. It is a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy “Othello.” Vogel re-imagines 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,” says director Tessa 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 of “Desdemona: A Play about a Handkerchief” includes Diana Freeberg, Savannah Renfrow, and Kaye Stuckey. It features scenic and lighting design by Fereshteh Rostampour, costume design by Jennifer Salter, and sound design by Scott Waters.

“Desdemona: A Play about a Handkerchief” 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, or by phone at 334-844-4154. Tickets to “Desdemona: A Play about a Handkerchief” are free to Auburn University students with ID and $15 for the general public.

Written by Kelly Walker, Department of Theatre in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University. 

Desdemona poster

Last Updated: August 06, 2014