Shakespeare Downtown Presents Free Performances of “The Lady of the Camellias”

Lower Manhattan’s Shakespeare Downtown presents a new adaptation of Alexandre Dumas fils’ “The Lady of the Camellias.” Adapted by Billie Andersson, “The Lady of the Camellias” combines dialogue from Dumas’ novel with text and structural concepts from the libretto of the opera “La Traviata.” The fully-realized production is performed inside the open-air walls of Castle Clinton. The show is free and plays Thursdays-Sundays at 6:30 p.m. from June 15 – June 25, 2023 at Castle Clinton National Monument at The Battery. Tickets are available at the door at 5:45 p.m. on the day of the performance. Directed by Geoffrey Horne.

In this new adaptation, Dumas’ novel and parts of the libretto from the opera “La Traviata” are combined to tell the tragic love story between Marguerite Gautier (Billie Andersson), a courtesan suffering from consumption, and Armand Duval (Zack Ignoffo), a young bourgeois.

The company includes: Billie Andersson (Marguerite Gautier), Zack Ignoffo (Armand Duval), Craig Braun (Georges Duval), Chantal van Zyl (Prudence Duvernoy), Sanna Izmirlian (Nanine), Evan Olson (Gaston Rieux), Rickard Claeson (Baron de Varville), Jazz-Ella Reveilleau (Flora Bervoix), Archie Colville (Comte de Giray), Prabal Panjabi (Doctor Grenvil).