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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Cara Pifko is not at the same level as the other actors in terms of voice control or characterization. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. However, in the process, Constance derails the original plots: When he tells Constance that she has “such an interesting little mind” and then says, “Hand it over” seemingly referring to her latest plagiarism for himhe implies that he wishes to own and julieh Constance’s mind.

Juliet sees them and determines to dress as a man so that Constance will desire her. Tybalt seems to distrust and dislike all women, and this attitude is shared to a certain degree by Iago and Romeo. The live transmission begins fifteen minutes before curtain with brief descriptions of the set, characters and costumes.

MacDonald published her first novel, Fall on Your Kneesinafter five years of work. Other playwrights have written travesties I Hate Hamlet or parodies such as MacBirdwritten during Lyndon Johnson’s administrationwhile directors have transposed his plays to other milieux and historical settings. Like Desdemona and Juliet, she has an impulse toward desemona and tragedy.

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) | Ann-Marie MacDonald

Constance arrives during the scene in which Iago tells Othello that his lieutenant Cassio is in possession of Desdemona’s handkerchief. The feminist movement began to exert an increasing amount of influence on literary and cultural studies in the decades following World War II.

Scene 6 takes place in the graveyard through which Constance walks on her way to Juliet’s balcony. A reaction between common elements produces a rare metal: Iago and Desdemona enter, fighting with swords, and Constance nearly kills Iago, thinking that she is saving Desdemona. MacDonald constructs the frame story so that the timid, insecure Constance literally “falls” into the worlds of these plays and interacts with the characters, changing the outcome of the tragedies in the process.


MacDonald stresses throughout the play that it is a great problem to see no gray area between comedy and tragedy.

Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet. Constance asks Desdemona for help in her quest to discover who originally wrote Shakespeare’s plays. Attentively directed by Kim Durban, the performers in this State Theatre Company production bring their best effort to MacDonald’s whimsy. Most important, of course, Constance is transformed from Mouse to Owl, from “lead” hence, “Ledbelly” to “gold” imaged in her gold pen and associated with her pet Laurel, the symbol of victory.

Constance is then transported by warp effect back to her office at Queen’s University, where she finds that her pen has turned to gold.

In this play, Constance Ledbelly, a struggling julift professor at Queen’s University, is convinced that the sources for two of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, Othello and Romeo and Julietwere actually comedies and that Desdemona and Juliet, misunderstood and unappreciated by contemporary critics, were originally comic heroines.

Juliet complains to her nurse that she is dying of boredom and wishes that she could be unmarried, able to play the deadly game of love. All is as it was before—the phone dangling on its cord, with Constance leaning over the wastebasket, though hatless this time. Nothing is what we expect of Shakespeare — Romeo is a quiet and romantic young fellow, while Juliet Pippa Mackie is a spoiled brat with a definite appetite. And goodmoning, after all the extruded comic complication, are we to make of the banality of concluding speeches such as, “I’ve had it with all that tragic tunnel vision” sesdemona “Life is a mess, thank god.

She nibbles absentmindedly on Vetveeta cheese and drinks a warm Coors Light, already opened, which she takes from her desk drawer. This detective work on the part of the audience is perhaps MacDonald’s ultimate point. Desdemona then urges Constance to come to Cyprus, while Juliet exhorts her to remain and die with her.

Indeed, their bond is deepened by the realization that they are both women, metaphorical sisters. Romeo, who is still in Juliet’s clothes, has fallen for Desdemona.


As she melodramatically discards the memorabilia on her desk, it is as if she is stripping away the layers of her past, symbolically ready at last to begin life anew, though gooemorning is not, of course, aware of this yet….

While living in Toronto, MacDonald came out as a lesbian, and her family accepted this fact gradually. The nurse tells her that she should cheer up, because she will enjoy the marriage festivities that night, and Juliet resolves to find another lover.

The second act takes place on the island of Cyprus, within the world of Othello. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. If you’re going to have a collaborator on goodnighht play, it might as well be a good one, and I suppose they don’t come any better than Goodmornkng Shakespeare.

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

Her longtime crush, Professor Claude Night, comes in, criticizes her dissertation topic, and tells her that he is taking a job at Oxford University that she had hoped to secure. How fast and furious can they talk? Furthermore, it is clear from the surrounding context that he wishes to control and confine Constance’s sexuality to a tragic and hopeless longing for him.

Ramona seems to be Professor Night’s next victim in a system that is not likely to be getting any better, although it may be significant that both of them will be leaving Canada for England.

Constance muses about what a strong woman Desdemona is. A warp effect brings Desdemona to the scene, and she begins to smother Constance with a pillow. In scene 4, Romeo and Juliet enter the masked ball, sulking at each other.

Constance describes the world of academia and her newfound feminist convictions. Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet was born in a burst godnight high spirits; the title came to the author during some horseplay involving a pillow.