Since the production of her first solo play, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), she has become widely known and revered in the theatrical and literary. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald. Ann- Marie MacDonald. Photo by David Hawe. Used with permission from Random. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) [Ann-Marie MacDonald] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this exuberant comedy and.

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She must throw herself down the “wastebasket” of English literature—its “Garbage” or ” Sargasso Sea ,” a reference to Jean Rhys ‘s novel Wide Sargasso Seawhich reimagines the life of Mrs.

Review – Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) – Canadian Stage, Toronto – Christopher Hoile

The second act takes place on the island of Cyprus, within the world of Othello. When she responds, her lines include a paraphrase of a line Shakespeare assigns to Othello which takes on a new meaning in this play.

Like Othello, Desdemona is jealous and gullible enough to commit murder. One might think that a play combining the worlds of academe, Shakespeare, Jung and alchemy would be a designer’s dream.

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) – Wikipedia

All is as it was before—the phone dangling on its cord, with Constance leaning over the wastebasket, though hatless this dexdemona. Immediately after the feud is averted, Romeo, Mercutio, and Tybalt invite her to the baths to “baptize” their new friendship. Tom Stoppard probably heads the list, having turned to the Bard of Avon for inspiration on at least four occasions.

MacDonald satirizes Tybalt’s manly posing, and she emphasizes that this is one of the great dangers to the comic resolution of the play. The female protagonists of each play defy Constance’s preconceived notions and teach her important lessons about how to stand up for herself and her ideas.


Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Acceding to the truth of her vision, that one must live by questions, not solutions, and be content in confusion rather than clinging to over-simplified certainties, the two heroines are reconciled in their love for Constance. He is as conceited as one could wish as Professor Night, and, though his main role in the julket section is Tybalt, he nearly steals the show as Juliet’s lascivious Nurse.

This sets in motion the tragic events which will ultimately lead to both Juliet’s death and his own. Tybalt sees Romeo kiss Constance and sends Juliet to interrupt them. Constance should know that the accomplishment of Shakespeare’s plays is to dramatise complexities, not reduce them to the wisdom of a Christmas cracker.

Why emphasize the poverty of the godmorning for the dream at the expense of the theatrically overproduced world she could find there? MacDonald creates the fictitious Constance Ledbelly, and in this story of a timid scholar reclaiming the authorship of her own life, appropriates the plots, characters, and very lines of Shakespeare, making them her own.

MacDonald uses Juliet in a more serious fashion to awaken Constance to her own sexuality.

The second act takes place on the island of Cyprus, within the world of Othello. Constance interrupts them and points out their faults. As in Shakespeare’s play, Juliet’s nurse is a pragmatic juliiet who is devoted to Juliet and indulgent of her. The costumes for Cyprus and Verona are by-the-yard pseudo-Elizabethan nightgowns, with Desdemona’s outfit looking particularly ugly.

Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet at Belfry Theatre – a review

Desdemona and Constance are immediately simpatico. Constance Ledbelly Lesley Robertson is a timid yet dedicated assistant professor who is convinced that Othello and Romeo And Juliet were both originally comedies before being adapted into tragedies.


During the scene where Othello resolves to kill his wife, Constance intervenes and reveals that Iago is tricking Othello. Juliet enters and starts to stab herself out of sorrow, but Constance stops her, and they embrace. As she melodramatically discards the memorabilia on her desk, it is as if she is stripping away the layers of her past, goodmprning ready at last to begin life anew, though she is not, of course, aware of this yet….

Goodnight Desdemona is the opposite of a tragedy in the sense that it encourages women to escape from the tragic fatalism of a patriarchal world and emerge as hopeful subjects. When Desdemona greets Othello, he addresses her as his “fair warrior,” which sets the tone.

Constance is not godomorning to learn from these earthbound women; she must first, like the proverbial alcoholic, hit bottom. Ramona haughtily asks Goovmorning to tell “Claude” i. Juliet tells her that she knows the name of the Wise Fool and will trade it for one kiss.

After first resisting Juliet’s amorous advances, Constance finally kisses her with deep feeling. It is appropriate that Desdemona assumes Othello’s juoiet, since in MacDonald’s version, she takes on his characteristics another gender reversal …. So begins Constance’s transformation from “Mouse” to a self-confident, strong, independent woman.