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In Retrospect


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Daily Prompt: Retrospective

“The past is prologue….” It’s a saying that suggests we learn from what has transpired before. At the theater, we certainly try hard to look at history and see where it has gotten us, how we approached our problems, what solutions were on offer. Great thinkers–and dramatists are definitely philosophers in action– have made their suggestions clear.

Shakespeare confronted every manner of political upheaval as well as all the dystopias of the soul. We regularly worship at his altar. This year, The Public Theater puts on a summer in the park season with his Othello and Twelfth Night.

George Bernard Shaw looked at askew the world from a totally original perspective. The Gingold Theatrical Group celebrates his musings in their regular Project Shaw series at Symphony Space and with Shaw Club meetings on Mondays. Manhattan Theater Company and the Roundabout folks have tackled Shaw over the years with productions of Major Barbara and, currently on stage at MTC’s Friedman, Saint Joan.

The roiling and effervescent stories told by James Joyce in Finnegan’s Wake are part of the annual Bloomsday readings, here in New York with one at Bloom’s Tavern and the other at the above mentioned Symphony Space. The Bloom’s Tavern event is coordinated through Origin Theatre Company and includes both celebrities and an Irish breakfast. To be more exacting, it also features a of the Joyce period costume contest.



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via Daily Prompt: Shine with thanks to Ben Huberman, The Daily Post for the inspiration

NoLateSeatingThose who crave the spotlight most often become entertainers. Their talent demands it. It is their calling to shine.

We applaud them, and in so doing bask in the glow of their accomplishment. They are center stage with the footlights on them, but we are illuminated by their performance.

Their light shines on us as they render and interpret and presnet their truths. Greater  performers shine brightest, and we shine brighter too.

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In the parks and public spaces… especially for you

“Burrow” by The Bardos Ballet Theater takes to the indoors to avoid rain falling.

Time does not diminish his popularity, nor our curiosity about William Shakespeare, who turns 450 on April 23, 2014. His talent is timeless, and oft feted.
From Wikipedia
In celebration of the “Bard of Avon” on his upcoming birthday, Ross Williams’ New York Shakespeare Exchange initiated a year-long Sonnet Project, in which all 154 sonnets will be filmed at various locations around New York City.  The invitation only launch party for the Sonnet Project at the Museum of the Moving Image on May 20th, will feature Tony-winner Cady Huffman. She will read a sonnet and joins actors Lynn Cohen, Austin Pendleton, Michael Urie, and Joanna Gleason, among others, all of whom also appear in an upcoming sonnet film.
The goal is for the films to reach an audience of 1,000,000, with each short film released on the website Sites for the films include courthouses, and parks, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Queens Unisphere, Chelsea Piers, and the Bronx. There is now an app for Android mobile devices available at Google Play and a mobile app available for iPhone and iPad at the Apple App Store, so you can catch these short films anytime.

Here’s a “Burrow” thank you from the Bardos Ballet’s outdoor [and sometimes forced-by-weather indoor] performances in late May:

Also happening in public spaces and the parks are the Bardos Ballet Theater’s free dance performances. Billed as “Burrow,” the dances by choreographer Cynthia Anne Stanley and architect Maria Sieira will pop up as “sneak attacks” in sites around town. In “Burrow,” twelve women construct and deconstruct dwellings, as they keep the homefires buring during WWII.

“Burrow” will be at Foley Square Fountain on May 19th at 7pm, on the 24th at Fort Greene Park Steps. Two hush-hush appearances on June 2nd will be in Manhattan at 11am and then somewhere in Brooklyn in the early evening. Picnics are welcome, but only friends of the Bardos Ballet will get exact directions to participate in these stealth events. 

The Bardos Ballet has made contingency plans for rain outs. So if they can’t perform at Fort Greene Park, for instance:

They’ll head indoors to the Martha Graham Studios. Stay in touch with The Bardos Ballet Theater so you can be there.