The Stage: Stratford-on-Firestones

In the Middle Ages, plays in England were sometimes performed from Pageant Waggons, which traveled around the ancient cities stopping at key spots —such as "ye Abbaye gates" and "ye high crosse before ye Mayor"—where the actors would strut and fret their hour upon the unsteady stages.

New York now has its pageant waggons too—set to perform everywhere from ye Bronx to ye Staten Island, and even before ye Bobby Wagner, the mayor. Belonging to Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival, they are not quaint old tumbrels. They are a caravan of six trucks, led by a big, behemoth trailer...

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