Thursday, March 1, 2012

Douglas College presents Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) March 9-17

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Good comedy can be a real shot in the arm. This month, get your dose of humour right in your own backyard with Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), the latest production by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology at Douglas College (March 9-17).

Goodnight Desdemona is the story of Constance, a modern-day academic who, after her professor pans her doctoral thesis on Shakespeare, finds herself transported into the Bard's world, where she inadvertently sends his stories in hilarious new directions - and finds her true self along the way.

Allan Lysell, director, says audience members need only have a friendly knowledge of Shakespeare to appreciate the play.

"It's good to know that Romeo and Juliet are the classic lovers who die tragically for each other and that Othello murders his wife, Desdemona, because of the jealousy created by the evil Iago," Lysell says. "But even those with only the knowledge that Shakespeare was some English guy who wrote plays in poetry a long time ago will have a good time with the thoroughly modern story."

Lysell says he chose to put on the play because it has all the elements of storytelling he loves: action, great language, a happy ending and high and low comedy.

"Good comedy is life-affirming and laughter-making. Laughter is good for us. That includes laughter generated by slapstick, parody, satire, puns, language or jokes. Goodnight has all of this, plus sword fights and some pretty bawdy action and language."

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) runs March 9-17 at the Studio Theatre, Douglas College, 4140-700 Royal Ave., New Westminster. Get your tickets ($8-$12) through the Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050.