Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Acting, "Current Students", Desdemona, theatre
The Ottawa University Theatre Department presented Robert Bastron’s “A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage” and Toni Morrison’s “Desdemona” during the spring 2012 semester. Lynn Deboeck, a doctoral student at the University of Kansas, was the guest director of “Desdemona,” which offered an alternative view of Shakespeare’s “Othello” as the three women characters, Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca, are seen in the back room of the palace. The cast included OU students Shelby Winfrey, Kaitlyn Johnson and Wendy Lench.“A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage” followed two couples whose marriage struggles are disclosed and analyzed through a 1950s public service announcement. The plot follows them through their first meeting, wedding, honeymoon, children, compromise, and eventual demise. “The narrator’s advice is very funny given our current views of gender and equality, and the couple’s attempts to make it work are both hilarious and heartbreaking at times,” said Dr. Julie Noonan, OU director of theatre.