othello and desdemona

I know Romeo and Juliet would probably be the go to Shakespeare AU for this fandom, but instead please imagine: a taming of the shrew au 

Nurseydex & Acting Class

Eyoooooooooooooooo, the CP Resident Shakespeare Ho/Theater Major is back with more shamelessly using these characters as a means to talk about my major Nurseydex Antics!

As anyone who follows me knows by now, I’m a theater major. Dex and Nursey are comedy gold, and the thought of them working with any of the texts I’ve worked with is just DELIGHTFUL.

(Click here and here for my other Shakespeare Ho/theater major posts)

So without further ado!

  • Dex needs and art credit. Just one more fucking art credit. But his schedule is insane and there’s only one he can take this semester
  • it’s an acting class
  • He doesn’t want to do it. Mostly because his boyfriend will be I N S U F F E R A B L E
  • But he just wants to get this over with so he registers and just waits for Nursey to find out
  • Nursey is delighted. And registers for that class, too.
  • “YOU DON’T NEED ANOTHER ART CREDIT, DEREK!” “Dude, you really think I’m gonna miss this?”
  • Dex doesn’t really know what to expect going in, but he definitely wasn’t expecting the prof (let’s call him Casey) to be this hot middle aged guy who dresses like Indiana Jones and lives in a cabin and recites Shakespeare to trees
  • (we’re talking Adventure Indy, not Professor Indy)
  • (what no I’m not basing him on my prof Kerry who is also currently directing me in Julius Caesar why would you think that)
  • Nursey and Casey hit it off because Casey is this great mix of Passionate and IDGAF and Nursey wants to be him when he grows up
  • Dex’s main reaction to him is “?????????” until he starts talking about his cabin in the woods and then they bond over Practical Shit like fixing window panes and Nature
  • (the rest under the cut because this always happens my posts are always long af)

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The signs as female Shakespearean characters

Aries: Desdemona (Othello)

Taurus: Cordelia (King Lear)

Gemini: Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing)

Cancer: Miranda (The Tempest)

Leo: Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Virgo: Juliet (Romeo and Juliet)

Libra: Hermia (A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream)

Scorpio: Lady Macbeth (Macbeth)

Sagittarius: Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Capricorn: Viola (Twelfth Night)

Aquarius: Katherina (Taming of the Shrew)

Pisces: Ophelia (Hamlet)

I’d like to see a production of Othello that gender-swaps Othello and Iago but not Roderigo or Cassio.  Leave in the implications that Desdemona had entertained courtship from men before falling in love with Othello.  Let’s use Shakespeare to interrogate the elements of lesbian culture that have distaste for bisexual women and non-gold-star lesbians.  Let’s put those suspicions at the crux of the drama.

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Trailer for A Double Life (1947)

Actor Ronald Colman won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Anthony John, an actor who - after playing Othello for two years straight - has a breakdown and starts blurring the lines between character and actor. 

Here is the party scene where he starts to go mad, hallucinating lines from Othello.