NW Classical Theatre Company Concludes 17th Season with 'GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA', Now thru 6/21

By: May. 22, 2015
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Northwest Classical Theatre Company concludes its seventeenth season with Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), an action-packed, hilarious homage to Shakespeare and the people who love his plays.

This production will be the last for the company in its current format, moving forward NWCTC will no longer keep a resident acting company nor claim the Shoebox Theatre as its home.

In Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), Constance Ledbelly, a Shakespearean scholar, postulates that two of the Bard's best-known tragedies, Othello and Romeo and Juliet, are based on comedic source material. Constance researches firsthand when she takes a tumble into her trashcan and lands in the worlds of the plays where her presence rapidly causes the plots and characters to change: Iago and war-like Desdemona team up, death-obsessed Juliet and bi-curious Romeo tire quickly of marriage, and Constance is tasked with finding the author of it all.

An all-female cast includes acting company members Melissa Whitney and Deanna Wells, along with guest artists Rebecca Ridenour, Bonnie Auguston, and Ashleigh Bragg. Four of the cast play multiple roles throughout the show, switching characters, genders, centuries, and locales as the play jumps from Canada to Cyprus to Verona.

This production marks the first time company member Brenan Dwyer will direct a play for the company. She recently wrote and directed the pilot of an episodic comedy called No Man's Land about Catholic all-girls high school, which continues next season at Action/Adventure Theatre. She also writes and directs a sketch comedy webseries called Potty Talk about bodies and relationships, which will film its third season in July.

Join us for this adventurous production before we say goodnight to Northwest Classical Theatre Company as we know it, and stay tuned for more details on the rebirth and continuation of the company as we near the season's end.

Northwest Classical Theatre Company presents GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA (GOOD MORNING JULIET) by Ann-Marie MacDonald, running tonight, May 22 - June 21, 2015 at the Shoebox Theatre, 2110 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. Tickets are $22 General and $20 for Students/Seniors at www.nwctc.org or by calling 971-244-3740 for reservations.

Now in our 17th year, Northwest Classical Theatre Company is Portland's only resident classical theatre company specializing in creating authentic, accessible performances of classical works. We call the 38-seat Shoebox Theatre home, which serves as a creative catalyst for our artists, and brings clarity to the plays of the world's most famous authors for our audiences.


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