Lord, What Fools These Mortals Be!

16 08 2007

Fools, NOT! Frances and I trekked to NYC last night to see Shakespeare in the Park. Every summer, the Public Theatre stages productions of the Bard’s plays in Central Park’s open-air venue, the Delacorte Theatre. Performances are free of charge to anyone with enough perseverance to wait in line for tickets.

So we waited, eating our deli sandwiches, people-watching, and catching up after a busy summer. We arrived about half an hour later than I had expected and were a tad anxious about getting in. Luck was on our side, however. We scored tickets in the front row of the center of the theatre!!! Thank you to the people who didn’t show!!

The production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, was fabulously done with the play-within-a-play actors absolutely stealing the show! They put on their comedic tragedy, a mockery of sorts of Romeo and Juliet,  so effectively that the house roared with laughter. Jay O. Sanders plays Nick Bottom, the pompous troupe player whom Puck turns into an ass and with whom Titania, the fairy queen, is magically induced to fall in love as a vengeful trick by Oberon, the fairy king. You’ll probably recognize his face.

Jay O. Sanders

A note to my poet readers, here’s what Shakespeare says about poets in Act V, Scene 1.

The lunatic, the lover and the poet
Are of imagination all compact:
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,
That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen’s beauty in a brow of Egypt:
The poet’s eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

Many thanks to The Bard for giving shape, habitation and names to his timeless imaginings. I was jovially entertained!

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