That’s right, love. Caught your attention? Mine too.
Their talking about a new production of Othello starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, opening this week in New York. There’s a video interview with Hoffman, but I have not yet watched it.
What’s even more interesting in the article is the bit about a new play by Toni Morrison called Desdemona:
In Morrison’s words, “The only reason Desdemona loves Othello, or so she says, is the stories he told her. She listened to these stories of his, of his travels and his adventures. Where are those stories? We need to hear those stories that are not in the play.”
That idea intrigues me. We so often dissect the tiniest details of Hamlet that we forget you could do the same sort of thing with Othello, or for that matter any of the tragedies.