In honor of William Shakespeare's birthday last month, fans far and wide wrote couplets and sonnets to the Bard in the hopes of winning tickets to the Opening Night performance of Shakespeare in the Park. We received so many wonderful submissions that it was difficult to choose a winner... so we chose three!
Congratulations to Gary Cabana, winner of two tickets to the Opening Night performance of MEASURE FOR MEASURE, and to the runners up, Alan Steele and Ryan McCurdy, who receive tickets to a preview performance of Shakespeare in the Park! Check out their winning entries below:
Shakespearians UNITE, join'd cheek by jowl,
To wake dozing drones with your Birthday howl!
- Gary Cabana
On the occasion of your blessed birth,
Oh, Will what can I say that's not been said?
What brilliance from within can I unearth
And will you hear it? After all, you're dead.
...You've written awesome characters to play,
That brought me so much joy upon the stage,
But when time came to dole out actor's pay
Why did I make below minimum wage?
Let's put aside the lack of money made,
In the service of iambic leg tapping,
And thank Lord Papp for his gracious crusade,
To fill the summer night with such clapping.
I hope you feel at home in Central Park
Like Hamlet did in Elsinore, Denmark.
- Alan Steele
All parts of me in heat and much will wait,
for hours countless til op'ning of the gate,
to see a world where love issues as spate,
but to have tickets now would kind of be great.
- Ryan McCurdy
Thank you to everyone who submitted verses! Stay tuned for another opportunity to win coming soon!