NY Theater: Avis Alger
“All the World’s a Stage…” and so ‘tis true, especially, for the New York Classical Theatre. They celebrated their 15th season’s opening night this past Thursday. Led by Artistic Director Stephen Burdman, New York Classical Theatre is a non-for-profit company that takes classics on tour, and the audience as well, with their fun and fantastical “panoramic” highly interactive staging. Presently they are touring William’s Shakespeare’s As You Like It through the forest of Central Park, which makes the most perfect Arden. And soon Arden will become Prospect and Battery Park. All performances are free and open to the public at any time throughout the strolling show.
During a time when ticket prices are through the roof, $350 to see Kenneth Branagh, and he is worth every penny and more, this company has a purity, generosity, excellence, and unbridled love for their craft that whimsically could transform the most devout sports fan or computer devotee to come to the theater. Everyone is looking for something free, awesome, and truly NY to do while here during the summer; quest no further friends.
If you choose to make a donation it is not only tax deductible, you may acquire fun memorabilia like tee shirts. There are no lines or select seating. I recommend bringing friends, dates, neighbors, a water resistant blanket, and bug spray. The park is as lush and ubiquitous with moisture as the play is with lavish language.
This company, cast, and concept are as refreshing as the arrival of spring. Also Directed by Stephen Burdmen, the talented troupe of strolling players include: Ian Antal, Jackson Demot Hill, Sid Solomon, Daniel Patrick Smith, Connie Costanzo, Rin Allen, John Robert Armstrong, Nick Salamone, Christopher Cass, Clay Storseth, Emily Verla, and Antoinette Robinson.
Return to Arden, just as you like it, for free. All performances are from 7pm -9pm. Meet at the corner of 103rd and Central Park West Thursdays through Sundays until June 22. In Prospect Park from June 24- 29, meet at Grand Army Plaza, or 5th St. & Prospect Park West. In Battery Park from July 1 through the 27, meet in front of Castle Clinton everyday except Mondays. For more information, or to make a donation go to: newyorkclassical.org.
*Photos: Miranda Arden