“Delightful, often hilarious . . . MacDonald doesn’t miss a trick, scattering satirical observations on love and sex, scholarship and the Bard like birdseed, while taking full advantage of the slapstick possibilities in Shakespearean cross-dressing.” The Washington Post
Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)
978-0-8021-3577-3 • $16.00 • Paperback • Sep. 1998
In this exuberant comedy—and original revision of Shakespeare’s Othello and Romeo and Juliet—Constance Ledbelly, a drab and dusty academic, deciphers a cryptic manuscript she believes to be the original source for the tragedies, and is transported into the plays themselves. She visits Juliet and Desdemona, has a hand in saving them, and finds out what these women are about. In true Shakespearean spirit, Constance plunders the plays and creates something new, all the while engaging in a personal voyage of self-discovery. With an abundance of twists, fights, dances, seductions and wild surprises, the play is an absolute joy of theatricality—not surprisingly, considering the author who created it.
Winner of the Governor General’s Award for Drama