In New York Harbor stands a dilapidated military fortification, built to defend America against the British in the War of 1812 ... and it happens to have the identical blueprint as Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. In the spirit of placing the Statue of Liberty onto Fort Wood, the opportunity has arisen to create a destination where we celebrate our common cultural heritage: the New Globe for the New World.
(NOTE: This campaign is not authorized or endorsed by the National Park Service.)
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friends of the new globe

elected officials
CHARLES SCHUMER: US Senator
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: US Senator
JERROLD NADLER: US Rep. District 8, NY
CAROLYN MALONEY: US Rep. District 14, NY
GIFFORD MILLER: Former Speaker,
NY City Council
ALAN J. GERSON: NY City Council, District 1
DANIEL R. GARODNICK: NY City Council, District 4
COMMUNITY BOARD #1

artists
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM: Actor
DARREN ARONOFSKY: Director
Dame EILEEN ATKINS: Actor
KATE BOSWORTH: Actor
MATTHEW BOURNE: Director
NEVE CAMPBELL: Actor
MICHAEL CERVERIS: Actor
KARIN COONROD: Director
GORDON DAVIDSON: Artistic Director,
Mark Taper Forum
RICHARD EASTON: Actor
BARRY EDELSTEIN: Director
OSKAR EUSTIS: Artistic Director,
The Public Theater/NY Shakespeare Festival
MARK FEUERSTEIN: Actor
RALPH FIENNES: Actor
Sir PETER HALL: Director
MARISKA HARGITAY: Actor
ROSEMARY HARRIS: Actor
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN: Actor
BARRIE INGHAM: Actor
DANA IVEY: Actor
SIMON JONES: Actor
MICHAEL KAHN: Director
HARVEY KEITEL: Actor
YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA: Poet
KEVIN KLINE: Actor
KENNY LEON: Artistic Director,
True Colors Theatre Company
HARVEY LICHTENSTEIN: Founder,
Brooklyn Academy of Music
CHRISTOPHER MELONI: Actor
MOBY: Musician
BEBE NEUWIRTH: Actor
AL PACINO: Actor
SARAH JESSICA PARKER: Actor
ESTELLE PARSONS: Actor
STEWART PEARCE: Master of Voice, Shakespeare's Globe
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER: Actor
ALFRED PREISSER: Artistic Director,
Classical Theatre of Harlem
MARK RYLANCE: Artistic Director, Shakespeare's Globe, 1996-2005
SUSAN SARANDON: Actor
LIEV SCHREIBER: Actor
JAMES URBANIAK: Actor
MARISA TOMEI: Actor
CLAIRE VAN KAMPEN: Music Director, Shakespeare's Globe
MELVIN VAN PEEBLES: Actor and Director
ZOň WANAMAKER: Actor
JAMES WATERSTON: Actor
SAM WATERSTON: Actor
RACHEL WEISZ: Actor

architecture, planning and preservation community
LAURIE BECKELMAN: Director, New Building Program, Museum of Art and Design
SARAH CARROLL: Director of Preservation, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
VISHAAN CHAKRABARTI: Vice President,
The Related Companies
ADELE CHATFIELD-TAYLOR: President, American Academy in Rome
Sir TERENCE CONRAN: Designer
Lord NORMAN FOSTER: Foster and Partners
ALEXANDER GARVIN: President, Alex Garvin & Associates
ROSALIE GENEVRO: Executive Director, Architectural League
JON GREENFIELD: Architect of London Globe
WILLIAM HIGGINS: Preservation Consultant
Prof. KENNETH JACKSON: Professor of History and the Social Sciences, Columbia
DAVID KESTER: Executive Director, Design Council
BRENDA LEVIN: Consultant/CUNY TV
VALERIE LUCZNIKOWSKA: Executive Director, Congress of International Modern Architects
DAVID NELSON: Deputy Chair, Foster and Partners
SHERIDA PAULSEN: Partner, PKSB
CHASE RYND: Executive Director, National Building Museum, Washington
ROBERT SPEYER: Senior Managing Director, TishmanSpeyer
ROBERT TIERNEY: Chairman, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
CLAIRE WEISZ: Architect, weisz + yoes
RONDA WIST: President, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
ANDREA WOODNER: Chair, Design Trust for Public Space

civic, community, and cultural supporters
JOHN ANDREWS: President, Shakespeare Guild
SAFI BAHCALL: CEO, Synta Pharmaceuticals
ROLAND BETTS: Chairman, Chelsea Piers
RANDALL BOURSCHEIDT: President, Alliance for the Arts
ANN BUTTENWIESER: Consultant
BEN CAMERON: Executive Director, Theater Communications Group
JAMES CAPALINO: Principal, Capalino & Co
VIN CIPOLLA
ANTHONY COLES: Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
CARTER CRAFT: Director, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
BOYKIN CURRY: Managing Director, Eagle Capital Venue
BARRY DAY, O.B.E.: Author, "This Wooden O"
TOM ECCLES: Director, Public Art Fund
TOM FOX: President, The Fox Group
ETHAN GETO: Partner, Geto & de Milly, Inc.
JAMES F. GILL: Chair, Battery Park City Authority
MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN: Chancellor, City University of New York
HELEN GUDITIS: President, The Theatre Museum
WERNER GUNDERSHEIMER: Director Emeritus, Folger Shakespeare Library
ROBERT HAMMOND: Founder, The High Line
BRUCE KOVNER: Chair, Juilliard School
PETER KYLE: Executive Director, Shakespeare's Globe
SHIRLEY JAFFE: Vice President, Alliance for Downtown New York
SCOTT LAUER: Executive Director, openhousenewyork
JULIA LEVY: Executive Director, Roundabout Theatre Company
REYNOLD LEVY: President, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
BARBARA LORBER: Senior Vice President, NYC & Company
VIRGINIA LOULOUDES: Executive Director, Alliance for Resident Theatres N.Y.
JULIE MENIN: Chair, Community Board 1
TRICIA MIRE: Managing Director, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
LOUISE MIRRER: President, New-York Historical Society
ADRIANA MNUCHIN: Founder, The Shakespeare Society
PAUL NAGLE: Art & Cultural Liaison, Councilmember Alan Gerson
CRISTYNE NICHOLAS: President, NYC & Company
ROY NIEDERHOFFER: President, RG Niederhoffer Capital Management
GAIL KERN PASTER: Director, Folger Shakespeare Library
ANNE PASTERNAK: Executive Director, Creative Times
Sir MICHAEL PERRY: Chair, Shakespeare's Globe
RICHARD PILBROW: Chair, Theatre Projects Consultants
FERNANDE RAINE: Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard University
STEVEN RUBENSTEIN: Vice President, Rubenstein & Associates
JUDY RUBIN: Chair, Playwrights Horizon
AMY SACCO: Entrepreneur
DAVID SALTZMAN: Executive Director, Robin Hood Foundation
FRANK SANCHIS: Executive Director, Municipal Art Society
GERALD SCHOENFELD: Chair, Shubert Organization
PATRICK SPOTTISWOODE: Education Director, Shakespeare's Globe
MAX VADUKUL: Photographer
WILLIAM WANAMAKER: Brother of Founder, Shakespeare's Globe
CARL WEISBROD: President, Real Estate Division, Trinity Church
MARK WELDON: CEO, New Zealand Stock Exchange
JOHN WHITEHEAD: Chair, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation
MADELYN WILS: President and CEO, Tribeca Film Institute
KATHRYN WYLDE: President and CEO, Partnership for New York City
and many more ...

corporate supporters
BOISSET
CON EDISON
D'ARTAGNAN
DAVIS LANGDON
DENHAM WOLF
EST…E LAUDER COMPANIES
GETO & de MILLY Inc.
GOLDMAN SACHS
HIGGINS & QUASEBARTH
McKINSEY & COMPANY
MILBANK, TWEED, HADLEY & McCLOY LLP
PATTERSON, BELKNAP, WEBB & TYLER LLP
SOHO HOUSE
THEATRE PROJECTS CONSULTANTS
TURNER CONSTRUCTION
VALENTINO
VIRGIN ATLANTIC

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new globe shakespeare alliance

California:
INDEPENDENT SHAKESPEARE CO.
MARIN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL LA
Connecticut:
ELM SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
District of Columbia:
THE SHAKESPEARE GUILD
Illinois:
FIRST FOLIO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Hawaii:
HAWAII SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Maryland:
BALTIMORE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Nebraska:
NEBRASKA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Oklahoma:
OKLAHOMA SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
Oregon:
OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Pennsylvania:
HARRISBURG SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Texas:
HOUSTON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
SHAKESPEARE DALLAS
Virginia:
RICHMOND SHAKESPEARE

United Kingdom:
INTERNATIONAL SHAKESPEARE GLOBE CENTRE

South Africa:
SHAKESPEARE SA (South Africa)

Individuals:
DAKIN MATTHEWS, Artistic Director, Andak Stage Company, Los Angeles
JERRY PATCH, Resident Artistic Director,
The Old Globe, San Diego

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latest news


18 DECEMBER 2003
design workshop with shakespeare's globe in london


Sketch by David Nelson.

Foster and Partners conduct a workshop at Shakespeare's Globe with Mark Rylance (Artistic Director), Claire van Kampen (Music Director), and Peter Kyle (Executive Director) for Shakespeare's Globe and Barbara Romer for the New Globe.

The powerpoint slides are projected straight onto the white wall of ye olde Globe itself, and animated discussions range from improved sightlines to the ideal location for the canteen.



8 DECEMBER 2003
snowdrifts outline globe theater



David Nelson and Michael Wurzel from Foster and Partners wandered through the white winter wonderland of Governors Island (read: with snow up to their hips) to discover inside Castle Williams that - eerily - the snowdrifts had marked the outline of Shakespeare's Globe.



30 NOVEMBER 2003
patrick stewart: "amazing!"



4 NOVEMBER 2003
turner construction providing pro-bono cost estimate!
Charlie Murphy of Turner Construction kindly offers to conduct the cost estimate for the design by Foster and Partners on a pro-bono basis.



20 OCTOBER 2003
john whitehead expresses support!
John Whitehead, the Chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, believes that the New Globe proposal fits perfectly into the greater picture of Lower Manhattan, and will help in strengthening the cultural identity of Downtown.



28 SEPTEMBER 2003
tours of governors island extended through october!
It's a sunny afternoon, and talented photographer Ohad Maiman captures the lazy autumn atmosphere of the island:


NPS Ranger Steve Salgo and Audrey Ference (RPA).


The friendly version of Charon.



25 SEPTEMBER 2003
new globe receives letter of comfort from GIPEC board!
Today the New Globe proposal was presented to the GIPEC Board. The room was buzzing with excitement. Jim Gill, Chairman of Battery Park City Authority, even stated that he believed the New Globe to become "the catalyst for the development of Governors Island". Secretary of State Randy Daniels, the Chairman of the GIPEC Board, asked for a Letter of Comfort to be written.



18 SEPTEMBER 2003
vip tour to new globe site
Having concentrated all praying efforts on "no rain", we were welcomed at the ferry slip by Hurricane Isabelle. However, whipping winds and whopping waves could not deter the 50 guests!



In the end, "all's well that ends well": The Tempest-like weather set the proper Shakespearean mood. The drama appealed to Eugene Jarecki, the talented documentary filmmaker. And everyone held on to poster boards and hair pieces.

Photo by Eugene Kuo.



13 SEPTEMBER 2003
princeton trip to the island
The wind and rain couldn't keep the orange and black crowd away!



Pictured are (from left to right): John James, Raoul Bhavnani, Barbara Romer, Tristine Skyler, Mary and Jesse Johnson, Erica and Eli Halliwell, and Chris Mecray.



24 JULY 2003
first public tour of governors island!
After waiting impatiently for 203 years, the general public was allowed onto a tour of Governors Island this morning. The sun was shining and birds singing, and a few visitors even spied Afflack - the white pet duck - meandering through the lushious meadows.



17 JULY 2003
mayor bloomberg appoints james lima as GIPEC president.
The crowds cheer as rumors of Jim Lima's appointment spread like wildfire through the City.



It is a little known fact that GIPEC has instituted a dress code, requiring all visitors to the island to wear only black, white, and red AND sling their bags across their chest.



19 JUNE 2003
foster and partners visit castle williams.



Michael Wurzel and Linda Neal inside Castle Williams.



30 APRIL 2003
anonymous donor underwrites design phase!!!
"Most wonderful!" A donor has committed to underwrite the design cost of $350,000 - covering all architectural fees by Foster and Partners, as well as structural engineers, cost consultants, acoustic consultants, for the 6-month period of studying and developing a model for Castle Williams and defining the cost plan. Most, most wonderful.



28 APRIL 2003
first historic GIPEC meeting held on governors island.
On a glorious Spring day, Secretary of State Randy Daniels calls into session the first board meeting of GIPEC inside the Admiral's Office. Efficient and jovial, the meeting represents a most positive beginning - with plenty of time left for socializing over lunch. Rumors abound that Barbara Romer and Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff engage in a mini-authorship debate over salad. Hmmm.



23 APRIL 2003
shakespeare celebrates 439th birthday in excellent health.



4 APRIL 2003
partnership between the new globe, shakespeare's globe in london and its US affiliate, SGC USA, signed!
The New Globe is thrilled that both organizations have expressed their enthusiastic support and promised their assistance in the realization of this dream.



17 MARCH 2003
barbara romer and will wanamaker finally meet.
The Shakespeare Globe Centre USA stages its beautiful Gala "Coward x2" at the University Club, with performances by Rosemary Harris, Sally Ann Howes, Barrie Ingham, Simon Jones and Hayley Mills. Chairman of the evening is 86-year old Will Wanamaker, who lights up the room with anecdotes of his younger brother Sam's struggle to build Shakespeare's Globe in London.



"How many goodly creatures are there here!"
(specifically, Dov Rubinstein, Linda Neal, Barbara Romer, Peter Kyle, and Audre Mendel).



HOLIDAY SEASON 2003
happy holidays from the new globe!
CALIBAN: Let us be jocund.
HAMLET: What should a man do but be merry?
FOOL: Then, I prithee, be merry.
ROMEO: Rest you merry!
SILENCE: Be merry, be merry.
KATARINA: Be mad and merry, or go hang yourselves.



13 NOVEMBER 2002
barbara romer clandestinely takes first vacation in years.
With guidebook in hand, Barbara Romer takes time out of her schedule for a quick trip to the Berkshires. Treading the cobblestones as she wishes to tread the stage of the mighty New Globe project she currently shepherds, she hides from prying eyes wondering if she will actually allow herself a moment's respite from the project she has thus far dedicated more hours than there are in a day every day. Impossible? Not for the incredibly driven Ms. Romer, who also knits while she kickboxes in order to save time. When last we caught up with her, she was on her way to the dentist, where she planned to sit in a comfy chair, her mouth open in the shape of a perfect "O".



22 OCTOBER 2002
castle williams field trip photos developed.
And what new developments there are!



On October 22nd, 2002, a small group visited Castle Williams on a stunning day. Though the building is in bad need of restoration, the structure is breathtakingly beautiful. And the open courtyard's fit in size to the Globe Theatre is truly uncanny.



Attending the tour were (from left to right): Sophie Ross, James Waterston, Linda Neal (National Park Service), Dov Rubinstein, Jim Capalino, Barbara Romer, James Murray, Justin Hollander, Peter Kyle, Charles Goldman, Randy Bourscheidt and Frank Sanchis (not pictured). Photographs by Ralph Ashton.


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