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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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You’re it,” the ghost replies, repeating his oracular saying of before. Constance avoids these tragic events by telling Tybalt and Mercutio of the marriage. Although Shakespeare does not set an exact date, Romeo and Juliet takes place in the city of Verona, Italy, at some point in the fourteenth century. In the following essay excerpt, Porter explores how MacDonald illuminates differences between Shakespeare’s tragic and comedic heroines in Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet.

In scene 5, Juliet enters dressed in Romeo’s clothing and woos Constance from below her balcony. jyliet

Short program notes and additional description for the second act may be provided at intermission. Ultimately, the action takes place not in Constance’s office or the fictive worlds of Shakespeare’s tragedies but within Constance’s psyche. Juliet, meanwhile, concludes that Constantine favors young boys, and borrows Romeo’s hose and doublet. Ron Jenkins directs the accomplished cast with gusto. In order to ridicule Tybalt’s character, the playwright places him and Romeo in a variety of comical situations that culminate when Tybalt whisks Romeo from the crypt, believing that he is a maiden.

Ju,iet the Chorus he is fine, but where he excels is at making MacDonald’s gay Romeo hilariously ditzy. He leaves, and Constance begins to throw her possessions, including the manuscript, into the wastebasket. The danger of critical approaches that classify MacDonald’s use of comedy as a humorous shroud over her political goals is jkliet they tend to overlook a more important aspect of the play’s use of comedy.

Thus we, like Constance, become detectives, only instead of tracking down the author of gpodnight Gustav manuscript, as she is ostensibly doing, we’re tracing the authorship of the lines we’re hearing.

Stick around after the evening performances on the dates above for a lively discussion with fellow audience members. As in the previous act, Constance interposes in the nick of time, explaining to the hot-headed Tybalt that Romeo and Juliet have secretly wed, ending: Robertson nails the awkward, absent-minded and academic humour, all while making Constance a relatable and familiar character whose minor eccentricities like drinking beer and smoking in her office only serve to endear her to us further.


The major disappointment is the unimaginative direction and design, which never rise to the level of MacDonald’s invention.

As the “Author” juliwt the original comic precursors to Shakespeare’s plays, she envisions herself in a position of control and power over goodnigght history. She reconstructs a feminist happy ending and urges contemporary spectators to do the same, reinventing and repossessing history.

In literary jukiet, feminism has concentrated on critiquing the male-dominated literary canon, reevaluating the role of women in literature, studying writings about women, and exploring gender identity. Desdemona shows it to Constance, who confirms that it is hers. It advances the rights of women by acknowledging the historical dominance of men and working to address inequalities.

Register online at www. She goes about this quest by getting to know two of the most tragic and doomed female figures in English literary history. Born on an army base in West Germany inMacDonald was the daughter of a Lebanese woman and a Canadian soldier of Scottish heritage.

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

They tend to agree, however, that MacDonald packages her message in a humorous format so that it will be palatable and acceptable to an audience of wide-ranging political beliefs. Juliet tries to kill herself, but Constance pins her down and reveals that she is a woman.

Why emphasize the poverty of the portal for the dream at the expense of the theatrically overproduced world she could find there? Not only did Shakespeare write that “all the world’s a desdejona he saw to it that his stages went all over the literary world as well.

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Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) Belfry Theatre a review

Juliet tells her that she knows goodmodning name of the Wise Fool and will trade it for one kiss. Djordjevic’s analysis of Goodnight Desdemona concentrates on the genres of tragedy and comedy as they can be applied to the play and its influences.

But the metamorphosis isn’t complete until she encounters Juliet. Scene 6 takes place in the graveyard through which Constance walks goodmornint her way to Juliet’s balcony. Desdemona encounters Iago carrying buckets of filth, and Iago stirs jealousy in her.


Tom Stoppard probably heads the list, having turned to the Bard of Avon for inspiration on at least four occasions. During and after this period, MacDonald acted and wrote for television, film, and stage, and she also worked as a broadcast journalist.

The play goodnigh that Desdemona’s love of violence and Juliet’s strong-minded passions are important elements of Shakespeare’s work that are often misinterpreted by contemporary readers and scholars. In her classic essay “If Shakespeare Had a Sister,” Virginia Woolf calls for someone to rewrite history, including women’s stories along with those of men.

Constance iuliet if she has permanently changed Shakespeare’s work and resolves to find the “Wise Fool,” a typical Shakespearean character, who secures the happy ending of a comedy.

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

The fact that she is a woman is crucial to this lack of confidence; Constance tells Desdemona goodmoring she is not “some kind of feminist. Both tragedy and comedy used humor, and a comedy could be entirely serious. Jen Swan Assistant Stage Manager: Retrieved December 29, from Encyclopedia. Constance, shamelessly exploited by Professor Claude Night, is hot desdemonq the trail of a new theory about two particular Shakespearean tragedies— Othello and Romeo And Juliet.

MacDonald’s writing career began with projects that included a libretto to the contemporary opera Nigredo Hotel produced inbut her first solo venture was Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet Like Othello, Desdemona is susceptible to manipulation, because she is gullible and has a tendency to become very angry and jealous. The protagonist of the play, Constance is an assistant professor at Queen’s University who finds her true identity by traveling through the worlds of Shakespeare’s works.

Romeo then enters in Juliet’s clothing, but Constance leaves before he can woo her. Desdemona agrees and tells goodmornong to come to battle. Toronto was the center of the English-speaking theater scene in goonight Canada, a scene that had flourished since the s. William Shakespeare is probably the most important dramatist in the English languageand his plays are considered the high point of Elizabethan art.