Fringe Theatrical: Desdemona 

Gem Center for the Arts, Thursday-Saturday, April 12-15

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Fringe Theatrical Productions has a very specific goal in mind with its production of Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief: to prove to viewers that Desdemona, wife of Shakespeare's Othello, is "far from the quivering naif we've all come to know." The play is the creation of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, and in 1993, the New York Times described a production of Desdemona as "bawdy" and "thunderingly ironic." That tone, along with its emphasis on an underutilized female character, makes it a perfect fit for Fringe, which seeks to "facilitate the voices of the disenfranchised." The premier of Desdemona April 5 marked the second full-scale production for Fringe, which is still a fresh voice on the Boise theater scene.

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