Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet


May 26–June 26: Thu-Sat at 7:00 PM, Sat-Sun at 2:00 PM
Alumnae Hall Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre (111)

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is the original work of author/playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald, and will be performed by the Wellesley Repertory Theatre under the direction of Nora Hussey. The story, as explained on the writer's web site, “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.”

THE CAST
John Kinsherf*: Othello/Nurse/Ensemble
Marta Rainer*: Constance Ledbelly
Lillian Odekirk: Jill/Juliet
Woody Gaul*: Professor Night/Iago/Tybalt
Victoria George: Desdemona/Ramona/Ensemble
MacMillan Leslie: Romeo/Ensemble
 
PRODUCTION STAFF
Nora Hussey: Producing Artistic Director/Director
Janie Howland**: Set Design
Chelsea Kerl: Costume Design
Becky Marsh: Lighting Design
George Cooke: Sound Design
David Towlun: Production Manager
Lindsay D. Garofalo*” Stage Manager
Kendra Cui: Assistant Director/Choreography
Ted Hewlett: Fight Direction
 
*member of Actors' Equity Association
**member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829
 

The show will run May 26 through June 26, with 7:00 PM performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, and 2:00 PM matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for seniors and students with ID. For reservations, please call 781.283.2000.

Photo above by David Brooks Andrews. From left: Victoria George ’05, Marta Rainer* ’98, Lily Odekirk ’18