I cannot BEGIN to describe my envy regarding this unique artistic experience! Created by Joe Papp, Shakespeare In The Park is a treasured tradition for New Yorkers. But to invite non-performers to act beside professionals! THAT is singular! What a rush! I’ve attended many summer performances…but was invited to participate just once.
It was 1979. For that winter and the following spring I’d been shooting Search For Tomorrow (a soap opera) during the days and performing Julius Caesar and Coriolanus in repertory at nite. By the end of spring I was totally burned out and regretfully said, “No.”
My understudy took over my roles. His name was Denzel Washington.
So it goes….
4 September 2022

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