Saturday, October 22, 2016

"The Winter's Tale" by New York Classical Theatre

Sunset in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Here are my (way overdue) summer reportage drawings of The Winter's Tale production by the amazing New York Classical Theatre, directed by Stephen Burdman. The main theme of this Shakespearian comedy (which, to me, felt more like a tragedy 'till the last act) is marital fidelity, devastating power of jealousy, forgiveness and Time.

I attended performances in both Battery and Brooklyn Bridge parks. Each park transforms the play. Battery park feels much more intimate, in contrast with the magnitude of Manhattan skyline in Brooklyn Bridge Park. What a luxury it is to attend awesome off-Broadway productions on summer nights,  for free, outdoors, in some of the most beautiful parks in New York...and be able to see it again, as long as it doesn't rain! If you're not familiar with the panoramic nature of New York Classical theater, here's one of the latest reviews.

The Winter's Tale was the second production of New York Classical's 17th summer season, the first being  A Midsummer Night's Dream (drawings here). I look forward to the 18th season, wondering what kind of magic Stephen Burdman, theatre's Artistic Director, is preparing for us next.

p.s. Check out this fantastic illustrated synopsis of the Battery Park staging by my friend, artist Evan Turk! 

Mairin Lee as Hermione and Brad Fraizer as Leontes


Brad Fraizer as Leontes, Peyton Lusk as Mamillius, David Heron as Polixenes (foreground)
Leontes and Paulina
Brad Fraizer as Leontes and Lisa Tharps as Paulina
John Michalski as Camillo
Leontes:
“Is whispering nothing?
Is leaning cheek to cheek? Is meeting noses?
Kissing with inside lip? Stopping the career
Of laughter with a sigh?- a note infallible
Of breaking honesty. Horsing foot on foot?
Skulking in corners? Wishing clocks more swift;
Hours, minutes; noon, midnight? And all eyes
Blind with the pin and web but theirs, theirs only,
That would unseen be wicked - is this nothing?
Why, then the world and all that's in't is nothing;
The covering sky is nothing; Bohemia nothing;

My is nothing; nor nothing have these nothings,
If this be nothing.”



Leontes, torn by jealousy
Leontes, Camillo and Polixenes
Peyton Lusk as Time
Mark August as Autolycus
Mark August as Autolycus and Ian Gould as Shepherd
Paulina, Hermione and Leontes
John Michalski as Camillo
Mark August as Autolycus



Monday, September 5, 2016

Africa

I recently returned from Dalvero Academy's annual drawing bootcamp in Disney World. 
It was amazing to focus on studying art and practicing drawing for 5 solid days. 
Here are some drawings of performers in Animal Kingdom's Africa. 
They were all fantastic. Especially the Kora player (below), who stole my heart with his singing.

Kora player
Carnivale




Panorama of Harambe Village






Sunday, July 24, 2016

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" by New York Classical Theatre

It's the 17th season for the wonderful New York Classical theatre: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (already ended) and currently ongoing "The Winter's Tale" (in Battery Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park). I attended a couple of performances of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side. This beautifully-landscaped, multi-level park became the perfect "stage" for the panoramic theater, where the audiences follow actors from scene to scene in the glow of sunset and fireflies. Directing was brilliant-with a couple of unexpected and awesome jokes that bring Shakespeare to the 21st century. And actors - all powerhouses, all magnetic - they are what draws me back to see each new play.

Here are my reportage "snapshots" of "A Midsummer Night's Dream".


“The course of true love never did run smooth.” 



“So we grew together like to a double cherry, seeming parted, but yet an union in partition, two lovely berries molded on one stem.” 



“Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania.”



 “a sweet-face man; a proper man, 
as one shall see in a summer's day.

“I will roar you as gently as any sucking dove; 
I will roar you, as 'twere any nightingale.” 

 

“And the imperial votaress passed on,
In maiden meditation, fancy-free.
Yet marked I where the bolt of Cupid fell:
It fell upon a little western flower,
Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound,
And maidens call it Love-in-idleness.”




 “Are you sure/That we are awake? It seems to me/That yet we sleep, we dream”




 “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”



 “Lord, what fools these mortals be!" 


“I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.”


 “And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.”


 “The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.”

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My dear friends and amazing artists Margaret Hurst and Charlotte Noruzi drew one of the performances, too. I know Charlotte already shared her art - you can join me in admiration by following this link.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to see "The Winter's Tale". All you have to do is show up at 7pm - no tickets needed - and lose yourself in amazing acting, innovative directing, beautiful costumes and timeless Shakespearean wisdom.


Monday, July 11, 2016

BLOOM Ceramics Show 07/9 - 08/19/2016

If you're in New York, please check out my first functional ceramics collection BLOOM, on view at Choplet Gallery and Ceramic Studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, through August 19 (extended, from the originally advertised August 9 end date). Here's a backdrop from the show (most of my ceramics are inspired by plants and flowers). These orchids were drawn last summer during my reportage trip to Cuba. It was one hell of a trip! Actually, you can check out all the drawings I brought back from Cuba right on this blog.