Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Ann-Marie MacDonald
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Act 1, The Dumbshow

• The Dumbshow consists of three simultaneous vignettes displayed without speech.

• In the first vignette Othello murders Desdemona in her bedchamber by smothering her with a pillow.

• In the second vignette Romeo lies dead in a crypt as Juliet awakens, mourns, and kills herself with a rapier.

• In the third vignette Constance Ledbelly sits in her office having a telephone conversation
• Constance hangs up the telephone, throws her pen and the leather-bound Gustav Manuscript into the trash and exits her office.

Act 1, The Prologue

• The chorus enters Constance's office, lights a cigarette and delivers a monologue.

• The chorus states that a unified soul can be constructed from shards just as gold can be derived from base metal through the utilization of the Philosopher's Stone.

• The chorus notes that the Gustav manuscript is Constance's Philosopher's Stone.

• The chorus stubs out the cigarette and exits.

Act 1, Scene 1

• Constance...

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