Kept from a 5 because of the density and the brevity. Morrison's response to Sellars’ 2009 production of Othello is an intimate dialogue of words and music between Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary. 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Toni Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio, to Ramah (née Willis) and George Wofford.She was the second of four children from a working-class, black family. Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford) was an American author, editor, and professor who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature for being an author "who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality. 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. Morrison gives voice and depth to the … It's a high 4 for me. She is the author of many novels, including The Bluest Eye, Beloved (made into a major film), Paradise and, most recently, Home. Written by Toni Morrison and directed by Peter Sellars, this multimedia project was inspired by the fourth act of Othello, in which Desdemona, facing … It's a brilliant but underdeveloped response to Shakespeare's most troubling play. Desdemona and Othello come to terms in the place of undeath and Desdemona understands her participation in her murder. The original production toured theater festivals around the world in 2012. “My mother had a maid called Barbary, She was in love, and he she loved proved mad And did forsake her. I’m sure the song sections especially would have been better seen performed. 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. In Desdemona, Toni Morrison’s response to Shakespeare’s Othello, which opens today at the Melbourne Festival, we are invited to do something – something it seems we are being invited to do as audiences of tragedy ever more: to listen. Touching, and interesting to get another interpretation of one of my favourite of Shakespeare's characters. Not my fave, but it has a great quote: “We will be judged by how well we love.”. Desdemona is a powerful contemporary play by Toni Morrison (Script), Rokia Traoré (Music), and Peter Sellars (Direction). Not my fave, but it has a great quote: We will be judged by how well we love. Morrison's response to Sellars’ 2009 production of Othello is an intimate dialogue of words and music between Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary. Last year in London, I was bowled over by Euripides’ Medea, adapted for the National Theatre by Ben Powers. Par Charles Holdefer Publication en ligne le 24 juin 2011 It was first produced in Vienna in May 2011. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published It brings further depth to Othello by giving voice to the characters and addressing potential nuanced undertones to the original story. In the case of Toni Morrison's Desdemona; misery is the curse for having but one life after gaining wisdom in death. Challenges: May 2020 - 21/31 books. Far more experimental than my normal read but I really enjoyed this one. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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. This reimagining of Desdemona (from Othello) was interesting with race, class and gender all featuring prominently. Desdemona and Othello come to terms in the place of undeath and Desdemona understands her participation in her murder. A beautiful collaboration with Toni Morrison (writer), Rokia Traore (Mali musician/composer) and Peter Sellars (director). 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. Only Toni Morrison could write such a response to Othello, one which resolves the tragedy Shakespeare couldn't. Morrison's response to Sellars 2009 production of Othello is an intimate dialogue of words and music between Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary. Desdemona is the joint work of three prominent artists from three different backgrounds: the American writer and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature Toni Morrison, the Malinese singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré and the American director Peter Sellars. What I really wish is that she had used a longer form-narrative poem or novel. Desdemona directed by Peter Sellars, Text by Toni Morrison, Music by Rokia Traoré 29 May 2011, Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg – Royal Flemish Theatre, Brussels. Reading Toni Morrison 2020 - Bonus read. Very thought provoking and. Stage manager notes would help clarify staging. 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. If you love the fantasy genre, this is the season for you! I started a d finished this yesterday. Toni Morrison says the most important thing in writing Desdemona was to remove Iago's 'white male gaze'. Othello and Iago's "secret," Desdemona's Barbary, these additions to Othello both increase and decrease the agency of the women. In this collaborative effort, Morrison gives Desdemona from Othello, a more deserving titular role. Writer Toni Morrison, director Peter Sellars, and singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré breathe new life into Shakespeare’s Desdemona. Short but good commentary and savage burns. I have to read it for my Shakespeare class but I enjoyed the writing and it made me want to read more from Toni Morrison. Desdemona as a performance product was a unique theatrical experience. I appreciate the insights this text offers into the character Desdemona but I'm not quite sure I would call it a play. In Toni Morrison's 2012 play, however, Desdemona's voice and story dominate the stage. (Having not experienced the live music I lost half the show; with music it ran 2:15, so I think that Toni Morrison was working under forced time limits. 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. ", Meet the Epic and Awesome Authors of Fall's Big Fantasy Novels. All three plays have highly divergent interpretations of the character of Desdemona. I was wary, as I have a checkered history with Toni Morrisons novels, but this short dramatic piece is revelatory. 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