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Desdemona and The Zoo StoryFriday, May 9, 2014 at 7.30 pm
Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 7.30 pm
Sunday, May 11, 2104 at 2 pm

ADDED: Friday, May 16 at 7.30

Derry Opera House, Derry, NH

Two pillars of American drama, one explosive night of theatre.

Desdemona’s frantic search for her infamous missing linen sparks Vogel’s search for what it means to be a woman. Struggling valiantly against class barriers, sexual repression and dirty laundry, can Desdemona chart her own course? In this smart, sexy, funny behind-the-scenes take on Shakespeare’s Othello, Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel gives us a glimpse of "real" life on Cyprus and what really goes on behind closed doors while Othello is being destroyed by his jealousy. Desdemona pines for a better life without the restrictions of traditional society, all the while egging on her pious maid, Emilia. When Bianca, the town whore, shows up and reveals a secret or two, things start to fall apart as we careen towards the dramatic finale that brings Desdemona together with Othello.

Desdemona by Paula VogelDesdemona by Paula Vogel
Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief
by Paula Vogel
Directed by Wanda Strukus

Desdemona..... Carey Cahoon
Emilia..... Amy Agostino
Bianca..... Rachael Longo

The Zoo Story is the play that launched the career of one of America’s most celebrated playwrights, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and recent recipient of the Edward MacDowell Medal, Edward Albee. It tells the tale of a chance meeting between two men on a bench in the middle of Central Park.  Peter is a complacent executive comfortably reading in the park when Jerry, an aggressive loner who has just come from the zoo, badgers him into conversation. An innocent conversation turns to deal with human isolation, loneliness, class differences, and the dangers of inaction within American society.

The Zoo Story by Edward AlbeeThe Zoo Story by Edward AlbeeThe Zoo Story by Edward Albee
Directed by Matthew Cahoon

Peter..... Peter Josephson
Jerry..... Wayne Asbury

Learn more about the company here.

Greater Derry Arts CouncilDramatists Guild FundCo-presented with the Greater Derry Arts Council.
This production is supported by the Mary Louise Billings Trust, RBS Citizens, N.A. Trustee and the Dramatists Guild Fund, Inc.