Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

a parody by Ann-Marie MacDonald

Department of Theatre & Drama
October 2-12, 2003 • Trueblood Theatre

Toronto resident Ann-Marie MacDonald is known worldwide for her best-selling novel Fall On Your Knees, an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Although she has just released her second novel, 2003’s The Way the Crow Flies, MacDonald’s background is as a writer and actress in the theater. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is her most celebrated work. It was first produced at the Nightwood Theatre in Toronto in 1988. It has since been presented in over 70 productions worldwide, and has received numerous awards including the Governor General’s Award for Drama, the Chalmer’s Award and the Canadian Author’s Association Award.

Using quotations from Shakespeare as well as original prose, Goodnight Desdemona tells the story of Constance Ledbelly, a PhD student who is writing her thesis on an obscure document that she believes will prove Shakespeare had prepared different endings for two of his most famous plays. As she invests herself further into her research, Constance is given a magical opportunity to prove her thesis when she disappears into her wastebasket and enters a world where she comes face-to-face with Desdemona and Juliet. But Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is more than just a clever farce. Constance’s experiences provide the audience with a view of her journey of self-discovery. Through the course of the drama Constance finds and reaffirms her self-confidence and frees herself from the harmful influence of her mentor, who up until then had manipulated her and passed her work off as his own.

Artistic Staff

Director: Suzi Regan
Associate Director: Tami Evans Foster
Scenic Designer: Janine Woods
Costume Designer: Christianne Myers
Lighting Designer: Gary Decker
Fight Choreographer: Brad Frazier
Movement/Stage Manager: Marguerite Maiville


Constance: Elizabeth Hoyt
Professor Night/Othello/Tybalt: De’Lon Grant
Desdemona/Ramona: Jen Freidel
Iago/Romeo: Brian Luskey
Juliet/Jill: Maureen Sebastian
Mercutio: JoAnna Spanos
Nurse/Ghost: Anika Habermas-Scher
Chorus: Liz Filios, Jen Freidel, Anika Habermas-Scher, Courtney Harge, Chelsea Leinberger, Esther Neff, Franchesca Ramsey, JoAnna Spanos




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February 5, 2019