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Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (Play)

by (author) Ann-Marie MacDonald

Knopf Canada
Initial publish date
Sep 1998
Women Authors, Canadian, Shakespeare
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 1998
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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.

About the author

Ann-Marie MacDonald is a writer and actor. Her works include the play Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), which won the Governor General's Award for Drama. Her first novel, Fall on Your Knees, was nominated for and won many awards and was chosen as one of Oprah's Book Club selections. Her lates book is The Way the Crow Flies.

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  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Award - Drama (English)

Editorial Reviews

“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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