The Delacorte Theater may be vacant now that The Seagull has ended it run, but that doesn't mean there won't be any Shakespeare in Central Park this fall — sort of.
New York Classical Theatre will stage Alfred Jarry's 19th-century absurdist work, King Ubu (Ubu Roi), at the Great Hill in Central Park, Sept. 6-30.
Described by the company as Macbeth meets The Simpsons, the play parodies Macbeth, centering on a gluttonous man determined to do whatever it takes to conquer Poland. Its premiere in Paris in 1896 was met with a riot.
Translated and adapted by Lori Culwell, the play is directed by Stephen Burdman. Burdman previously directed Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream in Central Park.
The 12-person ensembles features Laura Desmond, Rhonda Dodd, Kurt Elftman, Cosmo Fattizzo, Enzo Gentile, Julia Klein, Walker Lewis, Dan McCabe, Carolina McNeely, Rio Puertollano and Dan Renkin. The production is designed by Junghyun Georgia Lee. No tickets or reservations are required for the free production. Enter the park at 106th Street and Central Park West. For more information, call (212) 252-4531 or email NewYorkClassical@aol.com.
— By Diane Snyder