Saturday, February 26, 2005

The Bard & the Governor

Besides Shakespeare in the Park, someday soon we might see Shakespeare on the Island: There's a cool proposal on the table to build a theater -- inspired by Shakespeare's reconstructed Globe in London -- on Governor's Island off the tip of Lower Manhattan. They would build it inside the old fort, Castle Williams. The island with its long and varied military history is sitting in limbo at the moment as various groups including the National Park Service decide how best to preserve it and offer it up for public use.

As a fan of both good theater and innovative architecture, I think this is a great idea -- especially with the planned $10 groundling price -- although you'd have to allow a little more transit time to get from a Midtown office to the ferry to the island in time for an 8pm curtain.

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