Shakespeare’s Sonnets at BAM (30 Lafayette Avenue) will run from October 7 until October 12, but this isn’t your Grandmother’s version of the sonnets! Be ready for this remixed pop-opera which featured select Shakespearean sonnets from director Robert Wilson and composer Rufus Wainwright.
They narrowed Shakespeare’s famed sonnets down to 25 selections and performers will enact them with music by the Berliner Ensemble. Find out more about the making and inspiration of this project on October 8 when Robert Wilson and Rufus Wainwright host a talk on their collaboration for the sonnets project at BAM Fisher Hillman Studio. Tickets are $25 each. Robert Wilson is well known in the theater community as a leading director of avante garde productions. He’s collaborated with a host of famed artists including Allen Ginsberg, Lou Reed, Lady Gaga and Marina Abramović . Rufus Wainwright is a talented singer songwriter whose worked on tracks and compilations for a host of artists and a variety of musical genres.
Members of BAM are invited on Thursday October 9 gather to mix and mingle before the Thursday performance of Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
Looking to grab a bite to eat after the Shakespeare’s Sonnets at BAM? You will find great Mediterranean fare at Olea (171 Lafayette Ave.) — the Goat Cheese and Honey Croquettes are fantastic. The Almond-Stuffed Bacon wrapped dates are also noteworthy along with the paella and the patatas bravas. The National (723 Fulton St.) offers delicious thai food. Noteworthy items include the Thai Iced tea, summer rolls and chicken satay. Be sure to take cash as its cash only. For a great post sonnet coffee option, we recommend Gorilla Coffee (97 5th Ave.) which is an independently owned coffee shop open ‘til 9pm daily. Friendly baristas and a killer maple latte make this a great place to gather.