Play Sonnet 66

Tired with all these, for restful death I cry,
As to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimm’d in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And gilded honour shamefully misplaced,
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgraced,
And strength by limping sway disabled
And art made tongue-tied by authority,
And folly, doctor-like, controlling skill,
And simple truth miscalled simplicity,
And captive good attending captain ill:
     Tired with all these, from these would I be gone,
     Save that, to die, I leave my love alone.

Sonnet 66 laments how false people are, deeming the world not worth living in.

Will is tired and wishes for the quiet of death. The world presents him only with deserving people begging, worthless people with wealth, sacred vows broken, rewards and honors bestowed on the wrong people, chaste women turned into whores, and a host of other examples of good enslaved by evil. Will would happily embrace death to escape them, by dying, he leaves his beloved alone.

Will’s Wordplay
The resemblance of the word strumpet to trumpet hints at the possibility of public shaming of the innocent.

Unlike most of the sonnets, which have a “turn” in mood or thought at line 9, (the beginning of the third quatrain) the mood of Sonnet 66 does not change until the final line of the poem. This stresses the fact that his lover is helping him merely survive.

Times Square, Manhattan
The Crossroads of the World! Times Square is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections [1], and a major center of the world’s entertainment industry. It resides at the junction of Broadway (now converted into a pedestrian plaza) and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. According to Travel + Leisure magazine’s October 2011 survey, Times Square is the world’s most visited tourist attraction, hosting over 39 million visitors annually. Approximately 300,000 people pass through Times Square daily.[3]

Formerly Longacre Square, Times Square was renamed in April 1904 after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the newly erected Times Building – now called One Times Square – site of the annual ball drop on New Year’s Eve. [4]

The northern triangle of Times Square is technically Duffy Square, dedicated in 1937 to Chaplain Francis P. Duffy of New York City’s “Fighting 69th” Infantry Regiment; a memorial to Duffy is located there, along with a statue of George M. Cohan, and the TKTS discount theater tickets booth. The stepped red roof of the TKTS booth also provides seating for various events. The Duffy Statue and the square were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.[5]
Early 20th Century
In 1904, New York Times publisher Adolph S. Ochs moved the newspaper’s operations to a new skyscraper on 42nd Street at Longacre Square. Ochs persuaded Mayor George B. McClellan, Jr. to construct a subway station there, and the area was renamed “Times Square” on April 8, 1904. Just three weeks later, the first electrified advertisement appeared on the side of a bank at the corner of 46th Street and Broadway.[6]

The New York Times, according to Nolan, moved to more spacious offices west of the square in 1913. The old Times Building was later named the Allied Chemical Building, now known simply as One Times Square.

In 1913, the Lincoln Highway Association, headed by entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher, chose the intersection of 42nd Street and Broadway, at the southeast corner of Times Square, to be the Eastern Terminus of the Lincoln Highway, the first road across the United States, which originally spanned 3,389 miles coast-to-coast through 13 states to its Western Terminus in Lincoln Park in San Francisco, California.[7]

Celebrities such as Irving Berlin, Fred Astaire, and Charlie Chaplin were closely associated with Times Square in the 1910s and 1920s. During this period, the area was nicknamed The Tenderloin because it was supposedly the most desirable location in Manhattan. However, it was during this period that the area was besieged by crime and corruption, in the form of gambling and prostitution; one case that garnered huge attention was the arrest and subsequent execution of police officer Charles Becker.[8]

The general atmosphere changed with the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s. Times Square acquired a reputation as a dangerous neighborhood in the following decades. Into the early 1990s, the seediness of the area, especially due its go-go bars, sex shops, and adult theaters, became an infamous symbol of the city’s decline.

In the 1980s, a commercial building boom began in the western parts of the Midtown as part of a long-term development plan developed under Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins. In the mid-1990s, Rudolph Giuliani led an effort to clean up the area, increasing security, closing pornographic theaters, pressuring undesirables to relocate, and opening more tourist-friendly attractions and upscale establishments. Advocates of the remodeling claim that the neighborhood is safer and cleaner. Detractors have countered that the changes have homogenized or “Disneyfied” the character of Times Square and have unfairly targeted lower-income New Yorkers from nearby neighborhoods such as Hell’s Kitchen.

In 1990, the state of New York took possession of six of the nine historic theaters on 42nd Street, and the New 42nd Street non-profit organization was appointed to oversee their restoration and maintenance. The theaters underwent renovation for Broadway shows, conversion for commercial purposes, or demolition.

In 1992, the Times Square Alliance (formerly the Times Square Business Improvement District, or “BID” for short), a coalition of city government and local businesses dedicated to improving the quality of commerce and cleanliness in the district, started operations in the area. [9] Times Square now boasts attractions such as ABC’s Times Square Studios, where Good Morning America is broadcast live, an elaborate Toys “Я” Us store, as well as several chain restaurants and a number of multiplex movie theaters. It has also attracted a number of large financial, publishing, and media firms to set up headquarters in the area. A larger presence of police has improved the safety of the area.

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2. Joshua Pramis (October 2011). “World’s Most-Visited Tourist Attractions No. 1: Times Square, New York City”. Copyright © 1997 – 2011 American Express Publishing Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
3. Owen, David (January 21, 2013). “The Psychology of Space – Can a Norwegian firm solve the problems of Times Square?”. The New Yorker. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
4. VR Macbeth (November 17, 2005). “Times Square: Part of New York City History”. (C) 1980 – 2010 A Dataware Corporation Company. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
5. Harris, Stephen L. Duffy’s War: Fr. Francis Duffy, Wild Bill Donovan, and the Irish Fighting 69th in World War I, Potomac Books, 2006
6. “Times Square – New York, New York – Scenic at Night on”. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
7. (July 7, 1919). “The Lincoln Highway: Main Street across America”. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
8. “Killer Cop: Charles Becker – Crime Library on”. July 15, 1912. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
9. Times Square Alliance

ACTOR – Michael Shattner
Michael Shattner is a 2013 IT Award Nominee for his performance as Sir Pompey Martext in Kevin Brewer’s Island with NY Shakespeare Exchange. Most recently, he appeared as Gower, Antiochus, Simonides and Bolt in NYSX’s Pericles, for which he also composed and performed his own original music on the cello. Favorite past roles include: Queen Margaret (Henry VI Parts 1, 2 & 3), Nicia (The Mandrake), Touchstone (As You Like It), Stefano (The Tempest), Neal Tilden (The 1940s Radio Hour), Carl (Lonely Planet), Adam (The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)), and the title role in Scapino. An avid cellist, Michael is a founding member of the anarchy String Quartet. He plays in the New Amsterdam and Queer Urban orchestras, and in the pit for various musicals around NYC.

Marcarthur Baralla
Since he was a small child, Marcarthur’s imagination has been full of stories – perhaps the fact that he grew up near an
enchanted forest – or so he believed – piqued his taste for fantasy fiction. After high school, Marcarthur moved from his small
village in Burgundy, France to Paris, where he studied business for two years before moving to San Francisco to finish his

It was there that he realized his true passion for film. With no money, Marcarthur worked his way through the College of San
Francisco to earn his Associates degree in Film Production, focusing on directing and cinematography. Since another two years of school was financially unfeasible, Marcarthur went to work on film sets to gain experience to compliment his educational background.

Marcarthur has been working in the film industry for eight years. He created a production company – Defendshee Productions- in 2005, under which he has produced and directed music videos, commercials, short and feature films, as well as documentaries.

Today, Marcarthur resides in Brooklyn, where he is focused on directing a number of projects. He is currently finishing a
documentary about wine (one of his other passions), finishing the first in a trilogy of books for kids and working on his

Marcarthur is highly regarded as a meticulous director and producer who able to manage all aspects of filmmaking. His work has been seen around the world in film festivals and on TV.