Sunday, June 08, 2014

KING JOHN in the park

Rocking the surplice like a boss
 I saw my friend Bruce rocking the surplice in the Hudson Warehouse production of KING JOHN as you can see in the photo on the left. This is an ongoing production at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Riverside Park.

KJ is definitely not one of Shakespeare's finest plays, so the director had to do some things to punch it up. I like what he did with Bruce's character Cardinal Pandolf - he had him walk in this unusual gait, that made him sort of float, like he was wearing roller skates. It really livened up the proceedings.

One of the fun things about this kind of theater is that the players sometimes come through the audience as you can see in middle the photo.

Although a drawback is that your "dressing room" is al fresco, as can be seen in the bottom photo.

Some royal ladies and apparently Che Guevara
One audience member preferred the backstage show.