From November 19-22 at 7:30 p.m. Xavier Players will present Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald, directed by Cathy Springfield. Tickets cost $5 in advance and $7 day of the show. They can be purchased online now at https://xavier-players.ticketleap.com and by phone beginning November 2 at (513) 745-3939.
MacDonald uses her own writing mixed with quotations from Shakespeare to put a new spin on old classics. The comedic play features Constance Ledbelly, a drab and dusty English academic on a journey of self-discovery. Constance believes an obscure document will prove Shakespeare intended different endings for Othello and Romeo & Juliet. She disappears into her wastebasket and comes face-to-face with Desdemona and Juliet changing their course as well as her own. With an abundance of twists, fights, dances, seductions and wild surprises, this award winning play is an absolute joy!
Furthermore, the show is participating in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. This is the second time the Players have entered a show. The performance will be reviewed by two respondents, and if selected, invited to perform on the regional level in January, a prestigious honor.
Ann-Marie MacDonald is a Toronto-based writer and actress known worldwide for her best-selling novel Fall on Your Knees, an Oprah’s Book Club selection.
It is the philosophy of the Xavier Players to combine real-life experiences in the form of meaningful service that relates to the issues presented in the plays. The Players believe it is in this act of service that one truly becomes socially aware. Xavier, as a Catholic Jesuit University, strives to form students intellectually, morally, spiritually, with rigor and compassion, toward lives of solidarity, service and success. Part of the way the Society of Jesus deals with prejudice is through the promotion of justice in bringing the marginalized to the mainstream.
Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition through its College of Arts &Sciences, College of Health, Social Sciences & Education, and Williams College of Business. Founded in 1831, the university is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks it No.3 among master’s-level universities in the Midwest, and The Princeton Review names it as one of the “Best 371 Colleges in America.”