(Good Morning Juliet)
By Ann-Marie MacDonald
Directed by Carly Chamberlain*
Feb. 28–Mar. 8, 2014
Winner of the Governor General’s Award for Drama and the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) tells the other-worldly, comedic story of Constance Ledbelly, an overlooked academic striving to prove her theory about two of Shakespeare’s best-known plays. Through Constance’s often-hilarious subconscious journey of self-discovery, Shakespeare’s archetypal heroines are shown in a new light as they try to untangle issues of identity, sexuality and self-worth.
Performed by special arrangement with Lorraine Wells & Company Talent Management Inc.:10 St. Mary Street, Suite 320, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1P9, Canada.
Premiere production by Nightwood Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- Video Trailer
- Production Photography
- Production Team
- Public Service Announcement
- Director’s Notes
- Media Release
- In Rehearsals…
- Design Preview
- WalkLeft Podcast
- Interview with In the Greenroom
*appears with the permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
Two week run:
Week 1: Fri. & Sat., 8 pm
Week 2: Wed. – Sat., 8 pm & Sat., 2 pm
Postshow Chats: Sat., Mar. 1 & Thurs., Mar. 6, 2014
Preshow Chat: Sat., Mar. 8, 2014, 1 pm
Adults: $28 / Seniors: $17 / Students: $15
$10 Student tickets every Wednesday
$17 Alumni tickets every Thursday
UofTtix Box Office
www.uofttix.ca / 416.978.8849
Hart House Theatre offers student matinees at the low price of $15 per student, and complementary tickets for teachers and chaperones.
For more information and to book a performance please call the Box Office at 416.978.8849.
When I was approached to direct this project, the discussion went something like:
“Hey Carly, would you be interested in directing Goodnight Desde-”,
“YES. YES. OF COURSE YES.”
Needless to say, I feel strongly about this play. It has been a delight to collaborate with a cast and creative team who share that enthusiasm. There’s a lot to love about Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet): it is an intensely intelligent, joyful love letter to Shakespeare, and a celebration of feminism.
GDGMJ is lauded as an important piece of feminist theatre for some obvious reasons. First, it has three awesome, complex roles for young women (Woohoo! It’s over twenty-five years later and this is still a big deal! More please!). Second, MacDonald brilliantly subverts our traditional impressions of Shakespeare’s famous “ingenues”: these versions of Desdemona and Juliet are empowered, intelligent (if impulsive) and complex. Lastly (and in my opinion the most subtle yet important component), it is a story centred around an intelligent, funny, flawed and complex woman on a journey of self-discovery. This is rare. And the significance cannot be emphasized enough. (I’m quickly reaching my word limit, so Google “The Bechdel Test” when you get home!)
Ultimately Constance’s story is a very human experience. She is on the noblest of journeys: the search for her true identity, her essential self. The ultimate goal (though she may not see it): embracing her own worth. And what could be more important than that? It is only with strong self-worth that we can truly be generous, loving, and make our greatest contributions to the world. Free from fear. Of course she goes on that journey within the two hours’ traffic of our stage. For the rest of us…it’s a lifelong journey.
Thank you for falling through the garbage can with us. Enjoy the fall.
Carly Chamberlain, Director
Director Carly Chamberlain chats with Marty Chodorek of WalkLeft about her experience directing at Hart House Theatre and her thoughts on theatre in Canada.