Othello/Desdemona in Sanders

April 16, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Goat Exchange


Experience Nobel Laureate TONI MORRISON’s one and only play: DESDEMONA.

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 a rising generation of the 21st century.

In it’s second-ever staging, Barbary will be brought to life by renowned DC-based singer-songwriter BE STEADWELL (Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center), whose blend of soul, a cappella, and folk comes together to create her own unique sound she calls “Queer Pop.” In this live performance, she will use looping, vocal layering, and beatboxing to compose multilayered songs live on stage.

The performance will be introduced by a panel discussion featuring philosopher, political activist, social critic, and public intellectual Prof. CORNEL WEST.

The event will run approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes and
includes a panel discussion, an abridged staging of Shakespeare’s OTHELLO, and the entirety of Toni Morrison’s DESDEMONA.

The event is FREE and OPEN TO ALL.

Please be advised this production contains sexual and gender-based violence, sexual assault, racism, racial slurs, racial violence and suicide.

This event has been made possible through the generous support of the Office for the Arts, Sanders Theater, the COOP, the Harvard Center for African Studies, the Harvard English Department, the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, and the Harvard Undergraduate Council, the Harvard African Student Association, the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, and the Hyperion Shakespeare Company.