Those 453 years have gone fast, haven’t they? Hard to believe it’s time again for the Annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Sonnet Slam in New York’s Central Park, set for April 21.
The seventh annual free outdoor slam will feature Broadway stars including three-time Tony Award nominee Kate Burton and Emmy winner Richard Thomas. The two actors are currently featured on Broadway in Present Laughter and The Little Foxes, respectively. The slam, which will include readings of all 154 Shakespeare sonnets, runs 1-3 PM rain or shine at the Naumburg Bandshell, near the park’s East 72nd Street entrance.
Watch Mark Quiles read Sonnet 130 at the 2014 slam:
The event is being held in connection with the 453rd anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth on April 23. This year’s kickoff reader for Sonnet 1 will be Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock, Weeds) who appears on the upcoming CBS series Star Trek: Discovery. Among other guests who will take their turns: two-time Tony Award winning orchestrator Michael Starobin, actor Peter Francis James (Present Laughter), and Broadway veteran Candy Buckley. The event is still accepting applications for readers at Sonnetslam.com.