SnB’s final production is stellar

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is equal parts a critique and a pastiche of Shakespearian tragedies. A young English academic, Constance Ledbelly (Alex Wilson) gets thrown into the worlds of Othello and Romeo & Juliet and sets out to right the wrongs of the plays and avert the tragic events that befall their respective female leads. Desdemona (Natalie Lopez) gets saved from Othello’s (Kamil Bhatty) rage and jealousy and Iago’s (Wade Theriault) scheming. Juliet (Meg Sutton) and Romeo (Sheldon Paul) get saved from their premature deaths and instead both fall in love with Constance. Wilson was astounding as Constance. She carries each scene she’s in with magnetic stage presence and great skill, conveying Constance’s lovable quirkiness and neurotic […]

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Q+A: SnB director Emily Grant

With Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s production of Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) set to premiere on Thursday, The Charlatan sat down with director Emily Grant to learn all about the play, talking Shakespeare, feminism, and turtles. The Charlatan (TC): Let’s start with why Goodnight Desdemona? What drew you to the play? Emily Grant (EG): I actually first read the play in my Grade 11 English class, and as I was reading through it the first time I kind of started staging it myself as I was reading through it. It’s so full of different kinds of scenes and scenarios that you don’t find in many other plays. I love that it parodies Shakespeare shows not necessarily in a reflective way. It […]

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Poet Laureate visits Carleton

Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke gave a talk at Carleton University to students on March 9. Organized by the Centre for Transnational Cultural Awareness (CTCA), Clarke also performed a poetry reading the night before at the CTCA studio theatre. Clarke has received the Governor General’s award for poetry, an Order of Canada, and his book Whylah Falls was a selection in the 2002 edition of Canada Reads. He currently teaches at the University of Toronto, and has taught at schools like Harvard University, Duke University, McGill University, and the University of British Columbia. Central themes during Clarke’s talk included ideas of identity and heritage. He discussed his youth growing up in Nova Scotia, his experience as an African-Canadian, and […]

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Q+A: Heathers director Victoria Rutkowski

The Carleton Musical Theatre Society (CMTS) is putting on a production of Heathers, an off-Broadway musical based off the film of the same name. With the premiere fast-approaching on March 8, The Charlatan talked to director Victoria Rutkowski about the show. The Charlatan (TC): Tell me about your musical theatre experience before this show. Victoria Rutkowski (VR): I’ve actually been involved in musical theatre since I was maybe four years old? I’ve done shows with various choirs and companies, I did about eight years of theatre with the New Star Children’s Theatre Company, and I was super involved in my musical theatre courses in high school. We did three musicals, I directed and played roles in all of them. I […]

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