Friday, July 25, 2008
Shakespeare in the park...
After a great breakfast meeting and a thunderstorm that cooled down the city, we headed for a stroll through Central Park. As we rounded the corner, heading toward the Turtle Pond, we came across a line. But not just any line. This was a line of dedicated theatre patrons who had been standing in the rain all morning in an effort to secure tickets to experience that which has become a NY institution—free Shakespeare in the Park. But these days, the fabulous people at the Public have rounded out their free offerings with a blend of Shakespeare and modern text. Tonight's show was Hair. And this line that had begun to form at 6AM was buzzing. We found ourselves in a moment of sheer luck. The usher told us that they were about to open the box office to release tickets. If we jumped in line right then we could probably get seats. Such luck! So we jumped in. Thanks to a rainy morning chasing away the normal line of hopeful patrons we were able to get a handful of tickets. We made a few quick phone calls to friends offering to share our bounty... luckily Noah and Andy were available to join us.
Both Noah and Andy are fantastic actors and singers who were involved in the 2005 production of ONE in Portland. It was a fun little reunion, rocking out in Central Park!