Desdemona s Hidden Histories
Desdemona's Hidden Histories:
Women's Voices Moving in the Night from Africa to America by way of Shakespeare and Morrison
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 4PM
Freud Playhouse

Join us for a special discussion and conversation on the the creation of Desdemonathemes inherent in Othello and Shakespeare's writings; and issues of race and gender in literature and performance.

Peter Sellars, director of Toni Morrison's Desdemona, will be joined by  Morrison (via live video),with  Rokia Traoré (performer and librettist), as well as Yogita Goyal (associate professor in the UCLA Department of English, specializing in African American literature); Arthur Little (associate professor in the UCLA Department of English, specializing in Shakespeare, gender studies, African American studies, and race and ethnicity studies); and Ayanna Thompson (professor of English at George Washington University, specializing in Renaissance drama and issues of race in performance).

Freud Playhouse, 4-6pm.  Free and open to all, no reservations required.

Also join us Monday October 5 for a ceremony honoring Toni Morrison with the UCLA Medal--the university's highest honor, followed by a panel discussion titled  Black Lives Matter: Artists and Intellectuals Creating a Movement.

And don't miss Desdemona, in just four performances at Freud Playhouse October 8-11. This is likely the final time these original performers and creators will gather to present this thoughtful re-imagining of Shakespeare's Othello.  Tickets are available at


There will be no parking attendants staffing Parking Structure 3,the closest lot to Freud Playhouse.  If you are traveling to campus for this event by car, please park in the self-park, pay-by-space spots on the top level of Parking Structure 3. Check the interactive UCLA campus map for directions.

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