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Exclusive performances of 'Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet' to be held on Cape Cod

27 Mar 2014 10:32 AM
Exclusive performances of 'Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet' to be held on Cape Cod

In addition to its quaint beauty, coastal location, lavish offerings and sophisticated atmosphere, Cape Cod is often the premier destination for affluent individuals seeking entertainment due to its vibrant culture. The collection of upscale communities in eastern Massachusetts has long been regarded for its many art galleries, gourmet restaurants, pristine beaches. However, the area's assortment of talented actors and remarkable theaters have also served to regularly draw considerable crowds consisting of both local luxury real estate owners and visiting thespians.

That custom will continue this weekend, as three performances of "Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet" will be shown in Barnstable. If you reside on the Cape, consider yourself a fan of comedic plays and have an appreciation for the Shakespeare canon, you should give some thought to attending one of the highly anticipated productions.

Play combines traditional characters with contemporary twist
At 8 p.m. on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29, as well as at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, the storied Barnstable Comedy Club will come alive with laughter while local theater enthusiasts are treated to an intelligent, modern take on some of William Shakespeare's most respected plots. 

Written by Canadian actress, novelist and playwright Anne-Marie MacDonald, "Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet" follows a spinster Ph.D. candidate named Constance Ledbelly, whose quest to defend her thesis finds her amid the storylines of such works as "Romeo and Juliet" and "Othello." Comedy ensues as this smart take on classic works follows the protagonist as she interacts with the characters and makes startling revelations regarding their fates - as well as her own. 

The performances will be directed by Theresa D. Cedrone, a Brandeis University alumna and aficionado of English literature. The cast of versatile up-and-coming actors, including Kati Sorensen, Taylor Seaward, Katie Goers, Andrew Grignon, Alex Boucher and Jesse Romano. In addition to the creative period costumes designed by Christy Morris, the actors deliver their lines in Shakespeare's original dialogue, The Barnstable Patriot noted.

Tickets to this weekend's performances cost $18 for general admission, and can be purchased by calling the Barnstable Comedy Club box office at 508-362-6333 or reserved online through Individuals can also secure their admission the day of the show at the venue's location on Main Street.

Previous performances have been a hit with audiences
While this weekend's upcoming performances will be the play's final presentations in Barnstable, they were not the only. "Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet" officially opened on Friday, March 21, and has already seen the showing of three successful performances locally. Prior to these local events, however, the play has received a substantial amount of critical acclaim for its previous productions.

First conceived in 1988, this play has enjoyed much success through the last two decades, the Cape Cod Times reported. 

"It's very funny, and the journey the character (of Constance) takes is really fun to watch," Cedrone told the local news source.

She also said that the play provides an accessible way for younger individuals and aspiring thespians to learn about the legendary playwright, as it is as entertaining as it is educational.

"[It is] an enjoyable ride that could make you think a little, but it's not like homework." Cedrone added. "This is a great way to get them interested in Shakespeare and have fun at the same time."  

If you are interested in experiencing this play's exciting drama and thought-provoking comedy first hand - or wish to introduce a young family member to the world of performing arts - buying tickets in advance of the shows is highly recommended. These performances are sure to be engaging affairs that draw's Cape Cod's social elite and soon-to-be artists, but since only three showings remain, the opportunity to do so may be limited.