William Shakespeare's classic tragedies become classic comedy in Ann Marie MacDonald's Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) returning to New York City Aug. 3-13 at the Pantheon Theatre. Mark D. Fleischer directs the play for New Moon Ensemble.
Constance Ledbelly, the drab assistant professor and protagonist of Goodnight Desdemona, is researching an arcane manuscript that may be the original source of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Othello when she finds herself transported, ala "Alice in Wonderland" into the world of the plays. In her efforts to "save" the heroines from certain death, she turns Shakespeare on his ear, changing the two of the world's greatest tragedies into knock-down, cross dressing comedies complete with swordplay. Other plays by Canadian MacDonald include The Arab's Mouth, Negredo Hotel and the Dora Award winner, Anything that Moves.
The five actors playing the comedy's 16 roles are Corena Chase, Christine Cowin, Tarah Flanagan, Adam Giordano and Daryll Heysham. Cherry Jones starred in the play's original Off-Broadway mounting.
Designing Desdemona are Rodney Stickrod (production design), T. Michael Hall (costumes) and David Pinkard (sound).
Tickets are $12. The Pantheon Theater is located at 303 West 42nd Street. For reservations, call (917) 876-6197. -- By Christine Ehren