From 8 August to 3 September, the New York Shakespeare Festival (in conjunction with the Public Theater) will present Bertold Brecht’s play, “Mother Courage and Her Children”. George C. Wolfe directs, with original music by Jeanine Tesori (“Swing”, “The Sound of Music”, “Dream”). Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline will be star draws. Tickets are free and valid only for that evening’s performance.
If this production is like other star-studded attractions held in previous years (Chekov’s “The Seagull” held three years ago with Meryl, Kevin, Christopher Walken, Natalie Portman and John Goodman; and Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” which starred Patrick Stewart as Prospero), then expect lines forming at the ungodly hour of 12 midnight right outside the entrance to Central Park. Because the Park shuts down between midnight and 6 am, most people camp out in sleeping bags while standing in line. Its a rather orderly version of “every man for himself” with mosquitoes and the occasional drunken bastard as your houseguests.