Greetings readers! Tis I, the one dubbed, “THE RIDE,” here to entertain thyne with several very good reasons to experience as much public theater as thou heart can take! Being that I love this island with all my heart, or alternator, I will begin with a short Shakespearean verse about this Isle of New York City.
Now my charms are all o’erthrown,
And what strength I have’s mine own,
Which is most faint: now, ’tis true,
I must be here confined by you,
Or sent to New Jersey. Let me not,
Since I have my dukedom got
And pardon’d the deceiver, dwell
In this ner-slumbering island by your spell;
But release me from my tire-boot
With the help of your good hands:
Gentle fossil fuel of yours my tank
Must fill, or else my project fails,
Which was to please. Now I want
Spirits to enforce, art to enchant,
And my ending is despair,
Unless I be relieved by tow truck,
Which pierces so that it assaults
Mercy itself and frees all faults.
As you from crimes would pardon’d be,
Let your indulgence set me free.
It’s very easy for me to relate to Prospero from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and rework some the verses to apply to my life, though I was never actually considered a duke. I wouldn’t have even been introduced to the one and only Shakespeare had it not been for public theater. In the summer, there is something called, “Shakespeare in the Park.” This takes place for free in Central Park, and is a must do for anyone visiting in the warmer months.
New York City is a haven of quality public theater, the kind you won’t find anywhere else. Sure, you may find someone dressed as Optimus Prime break dancing to Lady Gaga in any city, but only in New York will you find public theater that makes you think and feel. We are spoiled in that the talent here is so great. Even if you go into a subway station you’ll witness performances that will take your breath away. So be sure to keep your eyes and ears open while you’re here. You never know, you might just witness something spectacular.