Monday, February 28, 2005

If This Wooden "O" Can Make It There, It'll Make It Anywhere...

Roseanne's mom "Bev" is on board to help construct a replica of Elizabethan London's Globe Theatre on an island in New York Harbor. Do I see Roseanne Barr as Desdemona in the inaugural production? And now that Dennis Franz's schedule has freed up..."If you prick us, do we not bleed, buttmunch??"

Imagine the groundlings...

A Globe Theatre for New York Suggested for Governor's Island

Mon Feb 28

Robert Simonson Playbill On-Line

British architect Norman Foster and Barbara C. Romer, a former management consultant at McKinsey & Company, are pushing a plan for New York Harbor's Governor's Island which would make the isle Manhattan's version of Elizabethan London's East End-that is, a place where citizens sail to see a play.

Foster and Romer see the defunct Castle Williams, a stone fortress built in 1811, and now in a state of advanced disrepair, as another Globe Theatre (which they, indeed, intend to call The New Globe Theatre). He has designed a version of Shakespeare's famous theatrical home that would employ the old, cylindrical building, which one served as a prison.

According to the New York Times, the Park Service has drafted three broad alternatives for public use of the site and the next step will be to issue a formal request for proposals. Barbara C. Romer, 34, a former management consultant at McKinsey & Company, is spurring the theatre concept. Her advisory committee includes top executives of Shakespeare's Globe in London; the actress Estelle Parsons; Randall Bourscheidt, president of the Alliance for the Arts; and Frank E. Sanchis III, the senior vice president of the Municipal Art Society.

Romer told the Times, "It is three tiers high, perfectly round. If you place a blueprint of the Globe onto a blueprint of Castle Williams, it fits like a hand into a glove." A model of Foster's design will soon sit in the Municipal Art Society at 457 Madison Avenue on Monday. The planned theatre would have a retractable roof, seat 1,200 and offer 400 "groundling tickets" for people standing on the ground below the stage, as in Shakespeare's day. The Globe in London-a recreation of The Bard's original Globe, and a popular cultural institution since its opening a decade ago-has a similar set-up for standing spectators. The castle's exterior would remain the same.