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Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

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In this exuberant comedy, MacDonald asks, What if Desdemona and Juliet were allowed to live? Constance Ledbelly, a tweedy academic, has ghostwritten the papers of her mentor for years, when suddenly he announces he's marrying a riva.. Escaping into her research, Constance decodes the Gustav Manuscript, and discovers a pair of comedies that she believes are the source for Shakespeare's Othello and Romeo and Juliet. Transported into the world of her theory, she comes face-to-face with Desdemona and Juliet and ...
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Overview

In this exuberant comedy, MacDonald asks, What if Desdemona and Juliet were allowed to live? Constance Ledbelly, a tweedy academic, has ghostwritten the papers of her mentor for years, when suddenly he announces he's marrying a riva.. Escaping into her research, Constance decodes the Gustav Manuscript, and discovers a pair of comedies that she believes are the source for Shakespeare's Othello and Romeo and Juliet. Transported into the world of her theory, she comes face-to-face with Desdemona and Juliet and discovers that, far from shrinking violets, they are hellions full of surprises. What follows is a riotous retelling of theatrical legend that brings Constance out of her gloom and straight into a new and confident self.
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Editorial Reviews

Commercial Appeal
Imagine a collaboration among Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll and Woody Allen, and you have the essence of Goodnight Desdemona.
Toronto Globe and Mail
Clever, pointed and entertaining....This play is one of the wildest and woolliest feminist reappraisals that theatre has seen, and one of the most intellectually ambitious.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802135773
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 599,159
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.93 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann-Marie MacDonald
Anne-Marie MacDonald has officially been blessed by the Book Club phenomenon. With her first novel, Fall on Your Knees selected as Oprah's 45th selection, and her second, The Way the Crow Flies tapped for the Today show's Book Club, it's a safe bet that MacDonald's name is on the lips of book group members everywhere.

Biography

Novelist and dramatist Ann-Marie MacDonald is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning novel Fall on Your Knees and The Way the Crow Flies. She is also the playwright of Goodnight Desdemona, (Good Morning Juliet), which won the Governor General's Award for Drama. She lives in Toronto.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

Good To Know

In our interview, MacDonald shared some fun and fascinating facts about herself with us: :

"The only actual skill I possess is the ability to type. And yet, the only job I was ever fired from was office temp -- I lasted three hours. I waitressed years ago when I was starting out as an actor. I once spilled three Tequila Sunrises in a row on the same customer. Unaccountably, I was never fired from a waitressing job. I like to cook. My mother is Lebanese so my tastes lean toward the Mediterranean. I have beautiful partner, a baby, two dogs and a garden. After the "sturm und drang" of my early youth and art, I find domestic bliss to be the most conducive to articulating the inner storms that make for good fiction. I'm a homebody who travels a lot."

"I think good art, including good books, make the world bigger, one heart, one mind at a time. I craft stories that are meant to work on many levels, and not every reader needs to read on all those levels in order to be deeply rewarded. I respect the reader, and I empathize with their hope that, when they crack open the pages, they will be taken away. I try to reach a broad audience and invite readers to empathize across time, space, culture, race, gender -- the works."

"I believe people are capable of more empathy and insight than the nightly news would have us think. I believe we crave to see -- really see -- through one another's eyes, even when that might be frightening."

"My first love is comedy, and like most comedians, I derive my material from the dark. My job as a writer is to craft the invitation to the reader to undertake a journey, just as Virgil beckoned Dante into The Inferno and beyond. My pledge to the reader is the assurance that we will take this journey together. Hell, purgatory, heaven...a divine comedy indeed. As E. M. Forster said in Howard's End, ‘Only connect.'"

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    1. Hometown:
      Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 29, 1958
    2. Place of Birth:
      Baden Baden, West Germany
    1. Education:
      Graduate, National Theatre School of Canada Acting Program, 1980

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2002

    An Amazing Piece of Work

    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.

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