Goodnight Desdemona (good Morning Juliet) (play)

Paperback | September 1, 1998

byAnn-marie Macdonald

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Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is an exuberant comedy and feminist revisioning of Shakespeare’s Othello and Romeo and Juliet. It takes us from a dusty office in Canada’s Queen’s University, into the fraught and furious worlds of two of Shakespeare’s best-known tragedies, and turns them upside-down. Constance Ledbelly is the beleaguered “spinster” academic, and unlikely heroine who embarks on a quest for Shakespearean origins and, ultimately, her own identity. When she deciphers an ancient and neglected manuscript, Constance is propelled through a very modern rabbit hole and lands smack in the middle of the tragic turning points of each play in turn. Her attempts to save first Desdemona, then Juliet, from their harrowing fates, result in a wild unpredictable ride through comedy and near-tragedy, as mild-mannered Constance learns to love, sword-fight, dance Renaissance-style, and master a series of disguises… Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) a gender-bendy, big-hearted and crazily intelligent romp, where irony and anger sing in perfect harmony with innocence and poignancy.

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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. ...

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Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is an exuberant comedy and feminist revisioning of Shakespeare’s Othello and Romeo and Juliet. It takes us from a dusty office in Canada’s Queen’s University, into the fraught and furious worlds of two of Shakespeare’s best-known tragedies, and turns them upside-down. Constance Ledbelly is the ...

ANN-MARIE MACDONALD is an author, actor, playwright and broadcaster. She trained as an actor at the National Theatre School of Canada and has appeared in numerous independent Canadian films. She earned a Genie nomination for her role in I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, and won a Gemini Award for Where the Spirit Lives. She has performe...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.4 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0676971695

ISBN - 13:9780676971699

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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.

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“Clever, pointed and entertaining… This play is one of the wildest and wooliest feminist reappraisals that the theatre has seen, and one of the most intellectually ambitious.” The Globe and Mail“Stratford-upon-Acid: that’s where MacDonald’s dizzying Goodnight Desdemona lives…MacDonald traipses through the canon with glee.... Lots of clever fun.” The Village Voice"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

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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.