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As You Like It, by William Shakespeare. I’m so glad the client chose this concept. The story centers on two divided groups from the royal court - one group of players retreat to the nearby forest and rediscover the simple life, communing with nature and forgetting politics. Those who remain at the court eventually see the light and all is mended. I wanted to depict the major themes of the play in an image that works with or without the back story. The birds in the trees represent

William Shakespeare (Baptism April 26,1564; died April 23,1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. Only one portrait was (probably) painted in the writer’s lifetime. In this singular work now on view at New York City’s Morgan Library, Shakespeare is a total 17th century hottie with glowing skin, a stylish goatee and overwhelmingly large collar

The Life and Times of Joseph Stalin, New York City, 1973. Photo by Carl Paler

IN PARIS Production Baryshnikov Arts Center, Dmitri Krymov Laboratory and Russian century foundation. Composition and direction Dmitri Krymov Stage Design Maria Tregubova Music Dmitri Volkov