Mary Baldwin University’s MLitt/MFA program in Shakespeare andPerformance continues its 2010–2011 theatre season with Paula Vogel’sDesdemona: A Play About A Handkerchief. Directed by guest artist Mary Coy, this intriguing play reexamines and reimagines WilliamShakespeare’s Othello through the eyes of its three female characters;Desdemona, Emilia, and Bianca.

Director Mary Coy is a designated Linklater teacher with many yearsexperience acting and teaching voice, acting and improvisation inuniversities and professional theatre training programs all over theUnited States including Shakespeare & Company, NYU’s Tisch School ofthe Arts, University of Mississippi, Virginia Commonwealth University,Syracuse University and Randolph Macon Woman’s College. She has anMLitt/MFA in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University and the American Shakespeare Center. Directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard II, As You Like It, and Taming of the Shrew. Coy is Shakespeare consultant to the Nelson County Public Schools and, with Betty Tabony, has written a manual for teaching Shakespeare to middle school students and edited a young people’s edition of King Lear for Swan Books.

Bonnie Morrison’s (Desdemona) most recent credits include Lady Gracein Something’s Afoot (Mary Baldwin Theatre) and Queen Eleanor in King John (Mary Baldwin MLitt production). Laurie Riffe (Bianca) recently played Hieronimo in The Spanish Tragedy and Constance in King John (Mary Baldwin MLitt productions) and has also appeared in many professional productions in Chicago and Charlotte. Amanda Noel Allen (Emilia) worked withTailgate Shakespeare this past summer in The Winter’s Tale and AMidsummer Night’s Dream, and was also featured in King John. This production is presented in partial fulfillment of the MFA in acting for Morrison and Riffe.

All performances are in the Fletcher Collins Theatre in Bertie MurphyDeming Fine Arts Center at Mary Baldwin University. Show times are 7:30p.m., Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4, 2010. Tickets arefree and the show is open to the public. The show contains adultlanguage and situations and viewer discretion is advised. For more information call Julie Fox at 540-887-7237.