TRURO – Sacha Brake has been waiting years to be part of Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet).
Now, the local actress is getting her chance and will fill the role of Constance Ledbelly when the production hits the stage at the Marigold Cultural Centre on Oct. 13 and 14.
It was about two years ago when Sam Madore of Bliss Productions and director Darlene Blair started talking about producing Ann-Marie MacDonald’s piece, and Brake told the two women then she’d like to be involved. She’s been cast as the lead in the play, which sees her character try to prove Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Othello were actually comedies, not tragedies.
“It’s just so sharp, so smart, witty and hilarious,” said Brake.
Ledbelly is an assistant professor at Queen’s University and Brake said it’s the character’s “academic mission” to prove the Shakespeare pieces were comedies.
“It hits all the notes of feminism today,” said Blair, about the play.
“Anyone who has gone through a period of trying to find themselves will relate on some level,” added Brake. “Everybody, women especially, has questioned where they are professionally and personally. Who’d be hard pressed to find someone who can’t identify with (the play) in some way.”
Joining Brake on stage will be seven other cast members – Alana Hirtle, Shannon Langille, Andre Myette, Jay Mosher, Melanie Grant, Jennie Johnson, and Stephanie MacNeil.
“It’s been a labour of love,” said Blair. “We’ve got great chemistry going on here, and it’s lots of fun.”
“We’re a family now, we really are,” Brake said. “The youngest is 16, so there are a couple of generations on stage.”
Brake will be a familiar face on the stage to many who attend theatrical performances, and she said she has a tendency to find something relatable in all the characters she portrays.
“I find it makes it easier, but at the same time makes it more revealing,” she smiled. “I really like Constance’s dialogue – it’s so witty and so smart, with the right amount of clumsiness. She’s such a real character, not a caricature, and the dialogue is my favourite.”
The play begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Marigold on Oct. 13 and 14. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the Marigold’s box office, or online at ticketpro.ca.