GOOD NIGHT DESDEMONA (GOOD MORNING JULIET)
By Ann-Marie MacDonald
A saucy & wickedly smart Canadian classic!
Part of RMTC’s Shakespeare Fest
January 31st to February 15th, 2020
Colin Jackson Theatre (at PTE)
Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) 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) is a gender-bendy, big-hearted and crazily intelligent romp, where irony and anger sing in perfect harmony with innocence and poignancy.
Michelle Boulet (Founding member of SIR, Timon of Athens, Henry V) directs a cast of five actors – playing 16 characters – Featuring RobYn Slade as Constance Ledbelly. With Tom Keenan, Ryan Miller, Laura Olafson and Joanne Roberts rounding out ensemble.
Meet the Artistic Team:
Ann-Marie MacDonald is one of Canada’s beloved literary figures – dramatist, novelist, host and creator. She is the author of Fall on Your Knees, The Way the Crow Flies, Belle Morale, The Attic, The Pearls and the Three Fine Girls, and more!
Joanne approaches acting like one does an extreme sport. She recently starred in My Frozen Heart with Crosswalk Productions as the anxiety-ridden Sarah Beau-Demers who tackles issues of sexual harassment in the film industry. This original play by Bertsinger Award winner Hannah Foulger made its premiere at Winnipeg Fringe in 2019.
Though clearly a very strong dramatic actress, Joanne leaves little to be desired when it comes to versatility. Her mainstage debut with Théâtre Cercle Molière titled Que faire d’Albert (directed by Laura Lussier) played to sold-out crowds and continued to the mainstage at Prairie Theatre Exchange as What To Do With Albert. This unique experience allowed her to successfully showcase her pride as a multilingual actress.
Joanne is excited to not only have her first appearance with Theatre Projects Manitoba playing the role of Juliet, but to also fulfill a lifelong dream of portraying Shakespeare’s most iconic character.
Laura is thrilled to be collaborating with a brilliant female director, on a play written by a prolific female writer with an admirable female artistic director at the helm. TPM audiences may remember her from the 2015/16 season when she played “Kassandra” in Nicholas Billon’s play, “Iceland”. Laura is a graduate of Grant MacEwan University and the University Of Winnipeg’s Educational Assistant diploma program. She feels extremely lucky to be a working actor/singer and Educational Assistant in her beloved hometown. She is very grateful to be a part of this years “Shakespeare Fest”. This is for my mother, the strongest woman I know.
RobYn Slade is a Winnipeg-based actor and improviser. She is a proud member of the musical improv company Outside Joke, celebrating 17 years of producing improvised theatre in Winnipeg.
Select stage credits include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (The Keep Theatre), The Cottage, Steel Magnolias (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, The Brink, MunschBusters!, How It Works (Prairie Theatre Exchange), New Canadian Kid, IMPROVident (Manitoba Theatre for Young People), 204FM (One Trunk Theatre)
RobYn is delighted to be stepping into two very different roles in the 19/20 theatre season, first as Constance Ledbelly in Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet, and then as Ginger in The Gingerbread Girl at Prairie Theatre Exchange.
Ryan is thrilled to be making his return to Theatre Projects Manitoba in one of his all-time favourite plays. Previously at TPM, Ryan was seen wearing heels and a wedding dress in The Miser of Middlegate. Since then, Ryan has been making a name for himself working for some of the top theatre companies in Canada. Selected stage credits include: Seminar (Mirvish/RMTC), The Best Brothers (WCT/TNW/Kay Meek), A Christmas Carol, The Glass Menagerie, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Gone with the Wind (RMTC), South Pacific (Rainbow Stage), Tribes, Buyer and Cellar, and the critically acclaimed production of Angels in America (WJT). On top of his many credits, Ryan is also a three-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee for his work with sketch comedy troupe, Hot Thespian Action. Love always to Adam and Mom.