Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) - Aufführung der Red Brick Company

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The life of Constance Ledbelly, assistant professor at Queen’s University, is a mess: her unfinished PhD project, in which she argues that Shakespeare’s tragedies Othello and Romeo and Juliet must be based on two older, unknown comedies, which she suspects to be encoded in an old manuscript, has earned her a reputation for being an academic crackpot. When her incompetent and narcissistic boss Claude Night, whom she secretly loves, disappoints her professionally and emotionally, Constance is on the verge of depression. But by an unexpected supernatural turn, she finds herself in a Shakespearean dreamscape and sets out to save the heroines Desdemona and Juliet from their tragic deaths, thereby re-writing the plots of Othello and Romeo and Juliet and coming to terms with her own life-story.

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s play is a clever and fast-paced comedy which plunders Shakespeare’s works irreverently, mixing romantic love scenes, salacious sword fights and uncanny encounters in graveyards at midnight with ironic attacks on university life.

Premiere: 2 July, 8 pm
Other dates: 3/7/9/10/13 July, 8 pm

We are the Red Brick Company, which is the student acting group of Kassel University. There has been a German theatre group at the university for some time, but our department was still missing a English theatre group. The founding of the drama group came at a time when there were quite a few staff changes in the department. Among the new members was Dr. Drake Ramorey, who then set the ball rolling for the Red Brick Company in summer 2006. He came to Kassel from Mannheim, where he had been doing theatre for years.

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