Seaway Valley Theatre Company presents free play in Lamoureux Park

August 02, 2012

Arts in the Park

Residents will have a chance to enjoy some live theatre in the park as the Seaway Valley Theatre Company presents Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) from August 2nd to 5th at the Lions Club Bandshell in Lamoureux Park.

The production starts at 7:30 pm each night (weather permitting), and it is free to attend. The show is being offered as part of the City’s Arts in the Park series.

“We’re hoping this will appeal to a large audience,” said Lorne Taillon, Leisure Arts Coordinator. “It’s a great opportunity to experience live theatre in a unique outdoor setting.”

Melanie Taylor is the director of the play, which features a long list of actors including Paul Aubin, Krystal Taillon, Alex Merizzia, Genevieve Taylor, Jazz Cook, Victoria Ellam, Andrew MacNaughton and Liam Dempster.

Now in its 27th season, Arts in the Park is a series of free, family-friendly live theatrical, musical and movie presentations. The concert series is held outdoors at the Lions Club Bandshell, where everyone is welcome.  Bring your chair, blanket and picnic basket to the park and enjoy the great entertainment!

For more info on Arts in the Park, click here.

Synopsis for Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)
Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) concerns a crisis in the life of a downtrodden academic, Constance Ledbelly, who has spent her time ghostwriting articles for the man she has a crush on, Professor Claude Night. On the day of her crisis, her birthday, Constance learns that not only is her love unrequited and her labor taken for granted but Night will be marrying a graduate student and living with her in England.

Constance has worked for years trying to decode the Gustav manuscript to prove that Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and "Othello" were originally meant to be comedies but were turned into tragedies by the omission of a "wise fool" who would prevent the plays' misfortunes. In despair, she casts the manuscript (and herself) into her wastebasket only to find herself in the worlds of the two plays.

Unknowingly, she takes on the role of the "wise fool" only to discover that while she has prevented some misunderstandings, others immediately crop up to take their place. She comes to see that Desdemona, Juliet and the "wise fool" are all aspects of her own nature, and in the end all three are united in Constance's rebirth to a new integrated self.

 

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