Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Midsummer Madness Or New York Classical Hits Battery Park

“If music be the food of love, play on, 
Give me excess of it"

"Twelfth Night" starting point is Castle Clinton in Battery Park, 7pm.

New York Classical Panoramic Theater's 13th season rages on! It began with Moliere at the World Financial Center this Spring and continues with "Twelfth Night or What You Will" by William Shakespeare, currently in Battery Park through July 22. 

The advantage of following the same artistic director and his troupe over the years includes, besides warm welcoming hugs, recognizing some of the actors from previous plays. And I find their transformations from role to role just mind-boggling. The actors and the director Stephen Burdman (pictured below) are such power-houses! Their energy is infectious. 

Artistic Director of New York Classical, Stephen Burdman
This time I went twice, and both times audiences changed the dynamic, which means the viewers are very much part of the performance. The actors might even throw in an improvised little something which makes the crowd that follows actors from scene to scene that much more involved. I hope you get to see it! The crowds are getting huge lately, in the hundreds!

Audiences gathering in anticipation.

Without any further due and spoilers, here are my drawn snapshots from the two performances last week in Battery Park. If you do want story details and another artist's take on this play, visit my friend Jed Dore's blog post. He's an amazing artist and writer. 

"My name is Sebastian"
Brilliantly directed culmination of the most hysterical part of the play. 

"Some are born great, 
some achieve greatness, 
and some have greatness thrust upon ’em."

"Better a witty fool than a foolish wit."

"There is no darkness but ignorance."


  1. Your drawings are so expressive. I'm right there again trying to clumsily capture what you quite naturally illuminate with all the energy and vibrancy of being there.

  2. beautiful, Julia, and such fun!