In honour and celebration of Shakespeare – short play Sweet Desdemona’s Revenge©

For Shakespeare Everyday

The formerly Sweet Desdemona plots her revenge against her unjust death while remonstrating with a sorry Othello.

ACT I

It is a deathly night but the aura of a woman’s glow lights the dark

Othello is deeply wrapped in thought while looking at an ethereal Desdemona.

OTHELLO

Even in death

Visions of sweet Desdemona

Horrors so deep

Torment me in sleep

Haunt me to weep

DESDEMONA

You exist still

I am no vision

You lie awake

I am not an illusion

OTHELLO

My sleep did make us part

How heavy the heart

Aches from sleep’s heavy act

Where you and I no longer live

DESDEMONA

It is not sleep that did the act

But the thoughts you did impart

And heavy act thy did execute

Smother breath in my heavy heart

OTHELLO

Live not this time before

But in this present law

Live in our heavenly glory

To see you here before me

Our love endures a story

Where death returns life

DESDEMONA

Alas it is not me you see

But that which only time

On earth can again alter

Do you forget your crime?

OTHELLO

My sweet Desdemona

DESDEMONA

Address me no more thus

OTHELLO

I do not forget my crime

I laid my trust in honesty

Too false even for betrayal

Alas

The calm that woke me from my tempest

Now feels less than tranquil

Leaves me less than content

I do not follow the path of repent

But forever flower faith in love

DESDEMONA

Mention not the word

That runs rivers into drought

Had I married Othello

But fate made me marry my father

Thy faith in me was of equal measure

And as fickle as intemperate weather

OTHELLO

Your death didst demand debt

And my own life’s end I did let

DESDEMONA

You died for office Othello

like my father Brabantio

You presided upon many words

of thy trusted dishonest Iago

OTHELLO

Mention this not for I feel

fear of losing virtuous Desdemona

was my achilles heel

Suspicions cast by my alien persona

Made me call upon proof

from a wretched handkerchief

DESDEMONA

This memory I do constantly loan

The napkin I used to wipe thy brow

Did fall upon the floor

And you made me let it alone

OTHELLO

If the matter could but alter

without a wise woman I did falter

DESDEMONA

Unspoken jealousy in high rations

Caused your murderous passions

Your kisses were rife

Before you took my life

Defend not thy deathly deed

Know thy has sown the seed

to make our virtues a vice

I, nor women will bear the name

of crimes against womanhood

Virtuous women will now aim

to alter designs of sisterhood

OTHELLO

Fall not into this obdurate way

Let tender words forgiveness pray

Let not manly ignorance fall

to serve revenge’s enthrall

DESDEMONA

I seek not the heat of revenge

But to be freed from a deed

made to make me meek and strange

Nothing else I shall ever concede

OTHELLO

Think our love did fight

against such striking odds

Now so blind in sight

I am left to call upon the gods

DESDEMONA

The gods did sit upon the side

while

Our love fought and lost against an age

Tossed aside to live as words on a page

Now it is left to wander till the day

when love can again make its way

OTHELLO

Until this day Desdemona

May I wanderlust

Seek fulfilment

And find none

Repent I must

My words do haunt me

That my disports corrupt and taint my business

Let housewives make a skillet of my helm

And all indign and base adversities

Make head against my estimations

DESDEMONA

Thy will no longer have the last word

I will only wait

for the true love of Othello

If love can fully grow

and not rest upon a tale

Let love be

Forever on the rise today

Tomorrow let love rise again

Soar above the love of yesterday

But love must accord thee balance

Melodies of discord invite silence

Otherwise let no woman fall

for any gentlemanly enthrall

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How the unexpected can make expected genre films and plays great?

The world of films and plays are always in heavy competition because have the great stories not already been told?

It seems that they have but we all think differently and therefore our story telling is different and some writers go the extra mile to find inventive new ways of telling old stories which continue to advance the form. The original films mentioned below created whole franchises to feed on the original story. The plays continue to be performed and studied today because they still have resonance.

Antigone by Sophocles (A tragedy)

The surprise – The heroine is a strong woman who vows to die to fight for the funeral rights of her brother in defiance of her family, the King and her prospective husband. Context: Women had no rights in ancient Greece.

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (A tragedy)

The surprise: The heroine is an object, a trophy wife who appears frivolous but hides the sacrifices she makes for a husband until she realises she is the hero not her husband and she must leave to truly become a free and independent woman. Context: The ending of Ibsen’s play caused a furore. The role and rights of women in the public and private sphere were subjugated but change was in the public consciousness

Othello by William Shakespeare (A tragedy)

The surprise: A heroic man whose self doubts as a Moor kills the beautiful and faithful wife he loves through listening to machinations of a faithless and jealous servant.

Alien by Dan O’ Bannon – Story by Dan O’Bannon & Ronald Shusett (A horror)

The surprises:  A horror set in space where a woman heroine is forced to defend herself against and kill an intelligent alien who is born inside a male crew member. The alien comes out at the dinner table.

The Matrix by brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski (Sci-fi)

The surprise: The hero’s double life results in him being targeted by the police and authoritarian forces. Coincidence and symbols save him and the hero discovers that the reality he knows does not actually exist. The surprise is what he believes to be true is not true and vice versa.

Star Wars by George Lucas (Sci-fi)

The surprise: The hero Luke discovers the evil Darth Vader is his father and his sister is the beautiful Princess he felt compelled to save and he can overcome his ego to use the force without resorting to the evil path.

This list of great films and plays is not exhaustive but seeks to illustrate a point.