Wednesday, May 31, 2006

New York Play Puts Audience, Actors On The Move

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A theatrical group in New York is putting on a performance of the William Shakespeare play All’s Well That Ends Well that should move playgoers – and the actors – literally.

Starting tomorrow (Jun. 1), the New York Classical Theatre will be putting on a performance in Central Park where each scene takes place in a different part of the park.

That means after each scene, the actors and the audience have to sprint to the next location.

Director Stephen Burdman has been doing the mobile performances in New York for the last seven years and says the current play will cover 12 acres in less than two hours.

It might be tiring, but Burdman says the pacing keeps the audience interested – and breathing heavily, too.

Naturally, the actors have to be athletes as well, and Burdman knows one thespian who lost 20 pounds during last summer’s “run.”

Burdman says most of Shakespeare’s plays lend themselves to the run-on format, though he admits he probably won’t try Hamlet because “it’s an interior play.”

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