Play Sonnet 91

Some glory in their birth, some in their skill,
Some in their wealth, some in their body’s force,
Some in their garments though new-fangled ill;
Some in their hawks and hounds, some in their horse;
And every humour hath his adjunct pleasure,
Wherein it finds a joy above the rest:
But these particulars are not my measure,
All these I better in one general best.
Thy love is better than high birth to me,
Richer than wealth, prouder than garments’ cost,
Of more delight than hawks and horses be;
And having thee, of all men’s pride I boast:
     Wretched in this alone, that thou mayst take
     All this away, and me most wretched make.



Sonnet 91 describes the pride you can take in one who loves you, and the gamble you make on loving them.

Bill lists a series of things that bring people happiness: their noble ancestry, their abilities, wealth or strength, fancy hunting animals. But Bill takes no joy in any of these things because he has his beloved.And as long as he does, he is prouder than anyone else. But this blessing is a curse: that if he loses his lover, he will become the most wretched person on earth.

Will’s Wordplay

The animals mentioned in line 4 may be a reference to Psalm 20:
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God”


Literary Walk, Central Park

“The Mall, a quadruple row of American elms, is Central Park’s most important horticultural feature, and one of the largest and last remaining stands of American Elm trees in North America.

The elms form a cathedral-like canopy above the Park’s widest pedestrian pathway. and are one of the Parks most photographed features. The quarter-mile pedestrian path is the only intentional straight line inside the Park’s walls. It was meant to address people gregarious needs Originally called the Promenade, the Mall was the place to stroll, wearing one’s Sunday best.

The southern end of the Mall is known as Literary Walk. The statue of Christopher Columbus is the odd man out, since 4 of the 5 tributes here depict prominent writers. Nearby are Scottish poet Robert Burns and his compatriot, Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott. A little farther north is Fitz-Greene Halleck, the first statue of an American to be placed in the Park. Ten years after his death, he was still so beloved that over 30,000 adoring fans came to the unveiling of his statue by President Rutherford B. Hayes and his entire cabinet. Today hardly anyone knows his poetry or his name, but everyone remembers their visit to the Mall.” [1]





ACTOR – Tim Ruddy

Tim is very proud to be involved in The Sonnet Project
He recently directed the hit Off Broadway show For Love by Laoisa Sexton at the Irish Rep where he also won the Best Director award (1st Irish Theatre Fest. 2010) for his work on the hit show After Luke/When I was God. Other directing credits include Sweet by Alicia Frank (Hudson Guild NY), Bottom of the Lake by Conor McDermottroe (BCA, Boston), The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh(Actors Studio NY) Never in my Lifetime by Shirley Gee (Access Theatre NY), Rooftop by Tammy McNeill (Hudson Guild NY), One for the Road by Harold Pinter (Studio Theatre, London) and Voices from the Liffey By Stephen Brennan (Tour, CA).
His own play The International premiered at The Cell Theatre NY as part of 1st Irish Theatre festival 2013 winning best play. Starring Carey Van Driest who won best actress. He also directed The Cure by Conal Creedon for that festival at Ryans Daughters theatre upstairs starring Mick Mellamphy who won best actor.
As an actor Tim has performed many times Off-Broadway at the Irish Repertory theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Irish Arts Center and recently appeared in Chekovs The Seagull an adaptation by Tom Kilroy at the Culture Project, NY directed by Max Stafford Clarke.
In his native Ireland he has performed a number of times at the Abbey Theatre as well as others and spent many years on Irelands top TV show, Glenroe.
His Film credits include the soon to be released 79 Parts, Gods and Generals, Gettysburg, WC, Heat, Wishful Thinkers among others.
Tim is a proud member of the Actors Center Workshop(ACW).


DIRECTOR – Alex Litke

Alex Litke was born in Port Washington, NY. He he is simply a filmmaker/ videographer who aspires to apply himself to more projects.