This blog used to be called "Laura + the voices," and you'll notice that's also the name in the URL. The "voices" originally referred to my idea of talking about my own writing. When I started this, I had some idea of writing interviews in character "voices." And then I didn't do that, like...at all. Oops. Mostly I talk about other people's writing here! This blog has become more of a casual, almost therapeutic space for me to practice low-stakes writing.
For all that I'm a theatre major, I hardly ever talk about acting on this blog. But this project is so cool and fantastic and awesome and wicked that I just have to take a minute and tell you about it. What if Iago was a woman? For those of you who don't know, Iago is a villain in Shakespeare's tragedy Othello. He is considered one of the worst, most evil antagonists in all of Shakespeare. Plot summary: Othello is a Moor, which in those days referred to someone from Africa. He, a black man, marries Desdemona, a white woman. Society flips its shit, but they can't exactly do anything because he's the General of the Venetian navy and there's a war on. Desdemona, unable to stay with her angry father, goes with Othello to Cyprus, which is in rebellion. A storm sinks the enemy navy and our good guys arrive safely. Iago, though, is not happy. Because Othello passed him over for promotion (and assorted other reasons that all amount to "I just want to fuck sh