Shakespeare in the Park

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Lily Rabe and Marianne Jean-Baptiste discuss their roles in “The Merchant of Venice,” and “The Winter’s Tale,” part of the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park. They are both at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park through August 1. More information and schedule here.


Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Lily Rabe
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Comments [5]

Amanda from Brooklyn

I've thorougly enjoyed listening to the thoughts of these women on Shakespeare and the role of women in his plays, though I agree with Chris that, in Shakespearean terms, "comedy" is defined as a play that ends well, as "tragedies" end in death and sorrow. Marianne Jean-Baptiste is amazing, one of my favourite actresses. I've seen the Winter's Tale and I deeply admire and applaud the actors' performances.

Jun. 30 2010 01:34 PM
The Truth from Becky

OMGGGGG this is sooo boring, will this segment never end!

Jun. 30 2010 01:27 PM
SuzanneNYC from UWS

Saw Merchant last week. Outstanding -- standing O to all. As with any great work of art there is much to take away from each viewing and to think about. One thing that struck me in this production was the ambiguity at the end. You're not at all sure if they'll live happily for ever after. They've all had their molecules rearranged -- the characters and the audience.

Jun. 30 2010 01:24 PM
Tom Artin from NY

Classically, a comedy is not necessarily a play that is funny; it is one that ends in marriage.

Jun. 30 2010 01:22 PM
Chris from Manhattan

Shakespeare’s plays with happy endings are called "comedies" and those with unhappy endings are called "tragedies" (with the exception of the history plays that are really classfied as neither and usually called "history plays"). The distinction doesn't have to do with whether or not the play is funny.

Jun. 30 2010 01:21 PM

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