Ann-Marie MacDonald''s Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)
has delighted audiences and won the Governor General''s Award for
Drama and the Chalmers Award for Outstanding Play.
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 rival. Escaping into her research,
Constance decodes the Gustav Manuscript, which turns out to include
an unknown pair of comedies that she believes were 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 were
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.