Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 112 pages, 7.99 × 5.24 × 0.32 in
Published: September 1, 1998
Publisher: Knopf Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0676971695
ISBN - 13: 9780676971699
From the Publisher
What would happen if Juliet''s and Desdemona''s death sentences were reprieved?In this exuberant revision of Shakespeare''s Othello and Romeo and Juliet, Constance Ledbelly, a 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 from death and finds out what they are all 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.
About the Author
Goodnight Desdemona was Ann-Marie MacDonald''s first solo flight as playwright, and since its premier in 1988 it has been performed continually in Canada, the United States, Great Britain and Japan, and is widely studied in drama courses. Ann-Marie MacDonald lives in Toronto.
From Our Editors
Constance Ledbelly, a dusty academic, deciphers a cryptic manuscript and finds herself transported into Shakespeare's Othello and Romeo and Juliet. She visits Juliet and Desdemona and has a hand in saving their lives. Constance plunders the plays and creates something new, all the while engaging in a personal voyage of self-discovery. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is best-selling author Ann-Marie MacDonald's first foray into drama.
"One of the wildest and woolliest feminist reappraisals that the theatre has seen, and one of the most intellectually ambitious." -The Globe and Mail
"A tour de force.... Ann-Marie delivers her message with tremendous wit, breathtaking wordplay and great gusts of knee-slapping bread comedy." -The Ottawa Citizen
"Magical.... An uproarious and smart comedy." -Pittsburgh Press
For years, Constance Ledbelly has tried to decipher a mysterious manuscript from which she believes Shakespeare's Othello and Romeo and Juliet have originated. Then she is pulled into her wastebasket, and the fun begins. The winner of three awards, this hilarious comedy is full of fun, cleverness, and unexpected episodes. The witty MacDonald displays her talent while commenting on various subjects that have become a part of our modern society. This wonderful play is ready to entertain both Shakespeare enthusiasts and those who wouldn't touch him with a ten-foot pole.