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Desdemona

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Toni Morrison & Rokia Traore - Foreword Peter Sellars

Published by Oberon

0 Male 6 Female

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 this intimate dialogue of words and music between Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary, Morrison gives voice and depth to the female characters, letting them speak and sing in the fullness of their hearts

Desdemona is an extraordinary narrative of words, music and song about Shakespeare's doomed heroine, who speaks from the grave about the traumas of race, class, gender, war - and the transformative power of love

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 a rising generation of the 21st century

"This is a remarkable, challenging and bravely original work" ~ Guardian

"Superbly poetic ... tremendous passages of writing, of music ... thought-provoking, with many magical moments" ~ The Arts Desk

"A rare and delicate show that shines a new light on Shakespeare's tragedy" ~ La Croix

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