Shakespeare in the City

Shakespeare in the City

When you think of Shakespeare, merry Old England, male actors dressed as females, and maybe even Baz Lurhman’s trippy Romeo + Juliet come to mind, right? As you probably noticed, NYC didn’t make the cut—but it should. The Big Apple gives the Bard plenty of love throughout the year. Case in point: Something Rotten!—the smash hit Broadway musical—features the famous playwright as a swoon-worthy bad boy, Off Off Broadway gives a shout out to his plays in the debaucherous spectacle known as Drunk Shakespeare and, of course, the famous Shakespeare in the Park features free stage productions of Shakespearean plays in Central Park every spring and summer.

Well, Mr. William Shakespeare will also grace the figurative spotlight tonight in the form of Gold Morning Sweet Prince with Robert Pinksy—an informative discussion that will be held on the Upper East Side at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse at 7 p.m.

A collaboration between The Shakespeare Society and Poets House—a space in Battery Park City, complete with a 60,000-volume poetry library, free WiFi and sweeping views of the mighty Hudson—the event will examine Shakespeare’s influence on important poets of the 20th and 21st centuries. Former Poet Laureate of the United States Robert Pinsky will lead the program, examining Shakespeare’s influence on everyone from Yeats and Eliot to Langston Hughes and Allen Ginsberg, with readings from the plays addressed in those poems by actors Andy Grotelueschen, Jennifer Ikeda, Merritt Janson and Will Swenson. Robert Pinsky will also perform newly composed poetic collages that combine Shakespeare's sonnets with modern poems.

Tickets are priced at $35 for the general public, $25 for seniors and $15 for students. For $10 tickets, use code POET here.  


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