Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)by Ann-Marie MacDonald
In this exuberant comedy and original revision of Shakespeare's Othello and Romeo and Juliet Constance Ledbelly, a drab and dusty academic, deciphers a cryptic manuscript she believes to be the original source for the tragedies, and is transported into the plays themselves. She visits Juliet and Desdemona, has a hand in saving them, and finds/i>/i>
In this exuberant comedy and original revision of Shakespeare's Othello and Romeo and Juliet Constance Ledbelly, a drab and dusty academic, deciphers a cryptic manuscript she believes to be the original source for the tragedies, and is transported into the plays themselves. She visits Juliet and Desdemona, has a hand in saving them, and finds out what these women are about. In true Shakespearean spirit, Constance plunders the plays and creates something new, all the while engaging in a personal voyage of self-discovery. With an abundance of twists, fights, dances, seductions, and wild surprises, the play is an absolute joy of theatricality.
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Meet the Author
Ann-Marie MacDonald is a writer and actress. Fall on Your Knees won the 1997 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. Her play Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) won Canada's Governor General's Award and has had more than fifty productions world-wide. Other works for the theatre include The Arab's Mouth and the libretto for the internationally acclaimed chamber opera, Nigredo Hotel. She has acted in many plays, television dramas and feature films, including Where the Spirit Lives and I've Heard the Mermaids Singing.
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Date of Birth:
- October 29, 1958
- Place of Birth:
- Baden Baden, West Germany
- Graduate, National Theatre School of Canada Acting Program, 1980
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My first job stage managing, I stage managed a production of this play. It was an amazing experience. To take some of Shakespeare's most famous plays and turn them into a 'What If' scenario was a stroke of genious. How often have people wondered if they hadn't of died, would Romeo and Juliet still have had a thing for each other? If Iago hadn't of convinced Othello to murder Desdemona, would the play still have been as tragic as it was? All these questions and more are addressed and answered. Not only is it a serious piece, but it's slap-knee funny also! I highly recommend this play to anyone who enjoys comedy, Shakespeare, or theatre.