Couple enjoys Valentine’s Day with daughter, a matinee

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After 34 years of marriage, Valentine’s Day takes on a different meaning for Elizabeth and John Wendorff.

The couple woke up Sunday in Kansas City and drove to Lincoln to catch the matinee showing of “Desdemona: A Play About Handkerchief,” at the Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre. Their daughter Betsy, a junior at Nebraska Wesleyan, was cast as a woman of Cypress.

The Wendorffs make it up to Lincoln six to eight times a year to see their daughter perform. The Sunday matinees give them a perfect opportunity to make a day trip from their home in Kansas City. This Sunday, being a celebratory day of love and affection, meant even more.

“It is nice to be able to come and enjoy the things that really matter,” John said as he waited for the 2 p.m. show to  begin.

“Desdemona” is a spin off of Shakespeare’s “Othello” and featured an all female cast telling the story from the women’s point of view. Elizabeth hadn’t seen “Othello” so she read a summary on the drive up so she could understand the storyline.

The Wendorffs were impressed by the performance — as they said they so often are by the theater program at Nebraska Wesleyan. Dinner for three was planned before they headed back to Kansas City.

“Don’t tell our daughter,” Elizabeth said. “But we got her roses for after the show.”

The Wendorffs share their thoughts about the play: 

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