It’s Kline, Streep for NYC milestone
Kevin Kline will play Romeo opposite Meryl Streep’s Juliet for a one-night-only staged reading of Shakespeare’s play in Central Park.
The Public Theater announced that Streep and Kline will combine on June 18 to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Shakespeare in the Park series. Daniel Sullivan will direct.
To make that night even more giddy, Al Pacino will be honored for his body of work with the Public, which includes his playing Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice” in 2010.
Streep has performed five times at the park’s Delacorte Theatre since 1976, most recently in “Mother Courage and Her Children” in 2006 with Kline, who has performed nine times in the park since 1970.
Nugent signs plea deal in killing of bear
Rocker and wildlife hunter Ted Nugent has agreed to plead guilty to transporting a black bear he illegally killed in southeast Alaska.
Nugent made the admission in signing a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that was filed Friday in U.S. District Court.
The plea agreement says Nugent illegally shot and killed the bear in May 2009 on Sukkwan Island days after wounding a bear in a bow hunt, which counted toward a state seasonal limit of one bear.
According to the agreement, first reported by the Anchorage Daily News, the six-day hunt was filmed for his Outdoor Channel television show, “Spirit of the Wild.” In the hunt, Nugent used a number of bear-baiting sites on U.S. Forest Service property, according to the agreement.
The document says Nugent knowingly possessed and transported the bear in misdemeanor violation of the federal Lacey Act.
Nugent agreed to pay a $10,000 fine, according to the agreement, which says he also agreed to a two-year probation, including a special condition that he not hunt or fish in Alaska or Forest Service properties for one year. He also agreed to create a public service announcement that would be broadcast on his show every second week for one year, the document states.
Nugent, who signed the document April 14, also agreed to pay the state $600 for the bear that was taken illegally, according to the agreement.
The birthday bunch
Actress Charlotte Rae (“The Facts of Life”) is 86. Actress Estelle Harris (“Seinfeld”) is 80. Singer Glen Campbell is 76. Actor Jack Nicholson is 75. Director John Waters is 66. Singer Peter Frampton is 62. Actor Joseph Bottoms is 58. Comedian Ryan Stiles is 53. Actress Sheryl Lee (“Twin Peaks”) is 45. TV personality Sherri Shepherd (“The View”) is 45. Country singer Heath Wright (Ricochet) is 45. Country singer Kellie Coffey is 41. Bassist Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down) is 38. Singer-guitarist Daniel Johns (Silverchair) is 33.