Joining a beloved legacy

Papp pictured above at the building site of the Delacorte Theatre, the Central Park home of the Public’s Shakespeare in the Park.

To join the Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit production of Pericles is to step into a beloved New York legacy created by Joseph Papp, the legendary theatrical producer/director and founder of the Public Theater. His driving mission was to reach as wide an audience as possible with quality productions; for him, art was meant to be a part of everyday life and for all people. In his own words:

If there is a single driving force which characterizes the New York Shakespeare festival, it is its continual confrontation with the wall that separates vast numbers of people from the arts. This wall – spawned by poverty, ignorance, historical conditions – is our principal opponent, and as we joust and engage with this “enemy,” we distill and shape the nature and style of our theater…. It is the social consciousness of this theater that distinguishes it from other theaters.

It is this mission which continues to drive the Public, and I’m thrilled to be a part of something that brings such quality work to communities that have limited or no access to the arts.

And much gratitude is owed to the team at the Public that continues to keep Papp’s vision alive.

Be sure to check out the link above for tickets, schedules, and casting information.

With gratitude,

Flor De Liz

 

Bread of the Heart

The title of this post, Bread of the Heart, comes from the following Albert Camus quote: “If man needs bread and justice, and if we have to do everything essential to serve this need, he also needs pure beauty, which is the bread of his heart.”

I saw it printed in an article about Nigerian poet, playwright and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka. It detailed how he had, in his writings and in the conduct of his life, sought to serve humankind. His dedication to the fight for “bread and justice” and to attain the “pure beauty” of imaginative power that fulfills the needs of the spirit inspired me to think of the artist that I desire to become in this world. Like Soyinka and others that I admire, including some dear friends I have made in my life, I too strive to live with “courage in [my] life and talent in [my] work.”

Check back in to follow my theatrical adventures and musings as I seek “the bread of the heart” in what some know as “the greatest city in the world”: New York City.

With gratitude,

Flor De Liz