Comedy and tragedy once again successfully team up to create a complex character
Vancouver Writers Fest
When: Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Granville Island Stage
Info and tickets: writersfest.bc.ca
At this moment Miranda is trying to summon the strength and desire to get upright and get down to rehearsal for her department’s production of Shakespeare’s All’s Well that Ends Well.
Motivation is further undermined by the fact that the cast and a department assistant/snitch aren’t keen on stepping into one of Shakespeare’s so-called problem plays. They don’t want tragicomedy, they want the undiluted tragedy of Macbeth.
Soon battles take place in the real world, the magical world and the world inside Miranda’s head.
“I say that it is a dark supernatural comedy about Shakespeare and female pain and revenge,” said Awad over the phone from Boston recently. “I say that it is a comedy because I think ultimately it is a comedy. Because it is drawn from All’s Well, it is a problematic comedy and because it plays like Macbeth, it’s got elements of great tragedy. All comedies if they are good comedies have those shadowy places, right?