The Mobile Shakespeare Unit's "Richard III"

Friday, August 10, 2012

Barry Edelstein, director of the Shakespeare Initiative for the Public Theater, talks about the Mobile Shakespeare Unit, which presents Shakespeare for free to prisons, homeless shelters, centers for the elderly, and other community venues throughout the five boroughs to audiences with limited or no access to the arts. It’s wrapping up a three-week tour of "Richard III," which made more than 15 stops across New York City and surrounding areas, including an army base in Brooklyn, Rikers Island prison, and a homeless shelter for adults with mental illness in Manhattan. “Richard III” will run at The Public Theater through Saturday, August 25.


Barry Edelstein

Comments [3]

judy from NYC

The Public theater's 15.00 plays would be a bargain at 5 tomes the price.

But the opera comment is off. Met tickets start under 30 dollars and they are broadcast live in HD in movie theaters and on TV. opening them up to a huge audience. theater should do the same.

Aug. 10 2012 01:20 PM

why do people keep saying Ron C Jones was in the Wire? Even this guy who's the director for the Public Theater's program?

Aug. 10 2012 01:19 PM
Ed from Larchmont

The most active question about Shakespeare today is What were his religious beliefs? Many feel that the evidence there is points to his having been a devout Catholic, and some earlier thinkers felt that if he wasn't Catholic, he thought like a Catholic.

I wonder if his plays aren't soothing and helpful in these settings because they take place and express a Catholic world view, and people sense the wholeness, correctness, and healthiness of this worldview.

Aug. 10 2012 05:49 AM

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