Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet
by CTX Theatre - Concordia University
Nov. 07 - Nov. 10, 2019
Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) 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, Othello and Romeo and Juliet, and turns them upside-down. Constance Ledbelly (played by Grace Nemec) is the beleaguered 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 (played by Jessica Bartel), then Juliet (Lilly McCoy), 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. Lighting designer Smokey Westerfeld describes the play as, “a clever tale of self-realization by way of undressing Shakespeare’s most memorable ladies.”
The cast includes: Jessica Bartel, Nathaniel Fomby, Preston Galban, Lilly McCoy, Grace Nemec, and Sibonelo Shezi. The production will be stage managed by Madeline Silvestro.
Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) will be staged by the Director of the School of Fine Arts, Dr. Kelly Carolyn Gordon, with lighting design by Smokey Westerfeld, set design by Samantha Gonzalez, costume design by Jessi Rose, and sound design by Matthew Smith.
November 07 - November 10, 2019
11400 Concordia University Drive
Austin, TX, 78726
The play will be performed in Concordia’s Black Box Theatre, November 7-9 at 7:30 pm and November 10 at 2 pm. For general admission, single play tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Appropriate for adult audiences.
For more information about the plays and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.concordia.edu/academics/school-of-fine-arts/theatre-program/