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How Are We Coping With Self Isolation: Insight From Around the Country And The World With Richard Humphrey



Richard Humphrey, is currently the author, director, CEO and CCO of The Ride, LLC., with over thirty years experience. He is an entrepreneur in developing innovative business plans and sustainable business strategies for the arts and entertainment communities, creating partnerships between the for profit and not-for-profit worlds, lobbying on the federal and state level for the arts and arts education, and in realizing international business collaborations.  

photo by Carol Rosegg

Humphrey’s first Broadway triumph was in the cast of Ellis Rabb’s star-studded The Royal Family, which he later directed for the first National Tour. He was a co-producer of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Buried Child,” and a 2013 Drama Desk Nominee for Unique Theatrical Experience for producing and directing The Fazzino Ride.  
As an Executive Producer, Humphrey built a copyrighted library of over 125 titles including his interviews with some of the world’s greatest artists, performances and art history documentaries. Many of these titles are currently being distributed through Discovery.

Previous to The Ride, Richard was the founder of Humphrey Fine Art, Ltd, a flagship gallery in the Soho and Midtown districts. He curated the groundbreaking exhibition “Forces: Art for the End of the Century” which travelled nationally to museums and public venues for two years. He also co-founded Arts4All, Ltd./A4AMobile and was CEO of Redcloud Mobile, Inc., a partnership with Telcordia Technologies with such clients as “Shrek: The Musical,” Bacardi Brands, Grey Goose, Starbucks, U.S. Open and feature films with AlliedIM, to name a few. Redcloud Mobile introduced Broadway to the potential of mobile marketing and became the national mobile media partner for the Tony Awards from 2007 – 2010.  

Alex Hernandez photo by Carol Rosegg

Richard has created visionary strategic partnerships for the arts with companies including Telcordia Technologies, AT&T and Lucent Technologies and content provider partnerships with such renowned institutions as Manhattan School of Music, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Interlochen Center for the Arts, London Symphony Orchestra and a wide-variety of the nation’s top performing artists.  

Richard Humphrey photo by Carol Rosegg

Humphrey is two-term President and is on the Emeritus Board of the Bucknell Association for the Arts and served on its Board for eight years. In 2010, Bucknell presented him with its highest honor for the arts, induction into Bucknell’s prestigious Academy of Artistic Achievement.

Richard Humphrey photo by Carol Rosegg

T2C: How are you dealing with home containment on Staten Island?

Richard Humphrey: The first step has been recovering from the shock of being a fully functional, successful business celebrating on national television The Ride’s 1,000,000th passenger, record revenues the last week of February while ten days later facing a government mandated closure of sister Broadway and furloughing our 150 employees. Sucker punch!!!  Hard stop!!!  SOS!!!  

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 25: CEO/CCO/Artistic Director of “The Ride” Richard Humphrey and Winner Heather Hurley pose as “The Ride” welcomes it’s 1,000,000th Rider on the immersive bus tour of NYC on February 25, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Bruce Glikas/Getty Images

On a positive note, as a work-a-holic and a serial entrepreneur in arts and entertainment, I am in the process of strategizing, creating and reinventing THE RIDE 2.0 while studying and testing martini recipes. 

Richard Humphrey with Frank DiLella NY1

T2C: What would you say is the difference of being in self-lockdown between Manhattan and Staten Island?

Richard Humphrey: I am blessed and spoiled to live on Staten Island.  My 1883 landmarked home on the North Shore waterfront is a short walk from the ferry terminal in a historic town called St. George.  

Richard Humphrey and the cast of the
The Ride photo by Carol Rosegg

We set high above the harbor overlooking Lady Liberty with a panoramic view of New York City.  Although the Empire State Building, where our THE RIDE office is but steps away, is in clear sight from my home windows, I am snug in the country on a large, lush, green lot where nature is exploding in spring and the birds are creating symphonies celebrating rebirth around me.  My view of New York is omnipresent but I do not have to penetrate and experience the frightening, daily emptiness of dying businesses, frightened citizens and the overall sense of doom.  Nature insulates me here even as I can see and contemplate “ground zero.”

Richard Humphrey being interviewed by NHK Japan’s premier television network

T2C: What have you been able to accomplish in this time?

Richard Humphrey: As a career entrepreneur, it is safe to say that my work has been my life!  Rarely have I taken time off and now I have hit a dead end!  I have been forced to confront myself with no excuses and no corporate tasks to hide behind:  business closed, world dormant, no deliverables, sequester, self-reflection  . . . 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 25: CEO/CCO/Artistic Director of “The Ride” Richard Humphrey poses as “The Ride” welcomes it’s 1,000,000th Rider on the immersive bus tour of NYC on February 25, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Bruce Glikas/Getty Images

I have practiced yoga and studied Vedanta philosophy for many years.  During this Covid timeout, I have relaxed into the luxury of meditating, exploring this spiritual philosophy’s precepts and seeking the eternal truths applicable to my new life.  Our current challenged reality attests to the existential truth that life is a finite, fragile illusion that can dissolve in an instant.  Within this context, I am staying alert and prescient to our evolving reality – working on awareness while preparing to re-enter the fray of reinvention post-Covid 19.  My tool kit will be cosmic!!!  Oh, what a THE RIDE to come!     

Richard Humphrey photo by Carol Rosegg

T2C: What has this time stopped you from accomplishing?

Richard Humphrey: This period of forced self-reflection has made me realize that actual “accomplishment” and “making busy” may be too closely related for me in more normal times.  Let’s say that the self-satisfaction of accomplishing my previous daily “to do” list is experiencing some philosophical adjustment.

T2C: What kind of emotions does this time bringing out of you?

Richard Humphrey: This existential threat has heightened my sensitivities to our shared human condition.  While I refuse to be a victim, I have been forced to shed some hubris and accept my limitations in all humility.  So, there is an elegiac mood afoot.    

T2C: If you were to equate this time to a song or song cycle what would it be? 

Richard Humphrey: As a young, struggling actor, I discovered and came to be very enamored of Richard Strauss’ “Four Last Songs” cycle.  It indulged the spirit of my youthful angst.  All these years later and in isolation, I have revisited these stunning and moving works.  As these were Strauss’ final compositions, I now realize they are the wistful and mournful reflection of endings with all the regret and disappointment they may contain.  However, they conclude with a powerful sense of transfiguration or rebirth.  It is this progression that makes this cycle so resonant for me now.  I believe we all are going to have to de-attach and say ‘adieu’ to the world we left a few weeks ago and, while staying present and observing, make preparation to move forward as we “transfigure” into our new reality.    

Anna Courter, Nolan McKew photo by Carol Rosegg

T2C: What message would you like to give the world right now?

Richard Humphrey: Nature has put humankind in its place with a lot of suffering and loss.  We need to own this lesson and make, as a global community, some adjustments philosophically and in our daily practices.  Each of us will exit this experience fundamentally changed.  I, however, am an optimist and believe in humankind’s potential to grow. I want us to move forward enlightened, empowered and courageously facing our new realities.

Richard Humphrey for the 2013 Drama Desk nominee and winner of “Most Unique Theatrical Experience.” Photo by David Gordon

T2C: What is the first thing you will do when we are no longer self-quarantined? 

Richard Humphrey: I will walk to the ferry, get on the boat and, upon arrival to Manhattan, take the crowded subway to my office with an open heart and celebrate a deeper affection for the common humanity of my fellow travelers and what we have individually and collectively suffered as we surfed through the storm.

T2C: What are the things that are getting you through this time?

Richard Humphrey: I am a creature of ritual and it has been a challenge to take control and reinvent a blank calendar.   My exercise and yoga practice have moved from supplementary to essential as part of my daily life.  I have the luxury to read and to visit my streaming media resources from the sixties’ “That Girl” and “The Doris Day Show” to binging on “The Queen” and “Tiger King.”  All delicious indulgences . . . 
Also, I am a caregiver for an 89 year-old lifelong friend and adopted family member.  The pandemic and the work of protecting him have given us the gift of unrushed time together.  I will look back upon this as an opportunity and with gratitude.     

Richard Humphrey

T2C: What haven’t we asked you that you would like to say?

Richard Humphrey: I would like to thank you and T2C for keeping our Broadway community and its energy vibrant during this period of extreme darkness.  

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:


Hampton Fine Art Fair



The 18th annual Hampton Fine Art Fair featured a record 150 select galleries, and best-in-class sponsors, reaching 20 countries. Emerging artists and galleries – provided collectors and people looking to redecorate their home treasures for every sensibility and price point. 70,000 sq. ft. featured the Pollock and de Kooning Luxury Pavilions, the fair was located just minutes from downtown Southampton Village. The show took place from Thursday, July 11, to Sunday, July 14. Over 10,000 expected guests over the four days the show also benefited Guild Hall and the Parrish Art Museum.

This year, HFAF recognized esteemed local artists into the 2024 Hamptons Artists Hall of Fame. Artists Herman Cherry and Connie Fox, sculptors Bill Tarr and Bill King and tapestry artisan Amy Zerner were honored. The 2024 Spotlight artists are Lucy Cookson, Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Olivier Messas, Ben Miller, Milly Ristvedt and Veronica Ruiz Velasco. In addition, Judaic artist Libby Klein  presented her one-of-a-kind Royal Family Tree, with everyone spotlighted from the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson to Princes Harry and William. The trees can be customized and feature a gold leaf for each member of the family. She will also showcase works embodying the beauty of Israel.

My favorites were Dagaro Ella Marco Olivier Sculptures from Charlotte, NC. Renowned artist, Marco Olivier blends resin and bronze, with exceptional craftsmanship and emotive storytelling.

Felix Semper, is a visionary artist who defies conventional artistic boundaries and astounds audiences with his incredible talents and achievements. With a mastery of sculpture, Semper’s works transcend traditional static forms, as he brilliantly combines elements of flexibility and motion into his creations. His innovative technique of creating intricate, lifelike sculptures out of thousands of individually stacked and glued sheets of paper has garnered international recognition and admiration.

Reilly Haney @DetentionArt hand writes every word from what ever he is working on. So you see the Spiderman poster but underneath is all the words. Haney is a disabled U.S. Navy veteran who turned a hobby into a career by creating Calligrammer. “Everything you are seeing on the print is his actual handwriting. His pieces were truly impressive

And the fun people you meet and go with make the show all that more exciting and interesting. This was a wonderful way to spend a weekend.

Ilene Smith Sichel, Brigitte Segura, Neil Saltzman and Roger Sichel



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The Glorious Corner



G.H. Harding

ALEC BALDWIN — I’ve had my own issues with Alec Baldwin for years; then, literally on a dime, it all turned around and I found him to be pretty compassionate, intelligent and a nice guy. What happened in Santa Fe on the Rust set was an unspeakable tragedy, and his trial was halted yesterday and the case was dismissed due to evidence not being given to the Baldwin-team. The Santa Fe prosecutor Kari Morrisey seemingly told two different stories on the stand and outside the court room. She is, without a doubt, toast.

Baldwin is still liable for civil suits, but this case is gone and he cannot be tried again. A win for sure, but the questions still remain: who brought live ammo onto the Rust-set. Clearly that may never, ever be determined.

Baldwin’s a good guy with a short fuse, but this situation, once and for all, is done.


SHORT TAKES — Hard to believe the Las Vegas Mirage is closing … after 35 years. Opened in 1983 it was a great hotel and hosted The Beatles’ Love show. I have stayed there numerous times and loved it. The new owner will build a Hard Rock hotel there, with a HUGE guitar in front. Yet again changing the skyline of that town. It’ll open in 2027 …

Lyndsey Parker

Lyndsey Parker is a terrific writer. Her new site, Lyndsanity just posted a great interview with Micky Dolenz about his direction of the video “Love Is Dangerous” from Noel – masterminded by the Mael Brothers in 1979. Great piece, check it out here:

… Hard to believe there are only 8 episodes left of CBS’ Blue Bloods. Salary concerns killed this show and it’s a shame as it was really superb for 15 years. Bad move on CBS’ part …

Zach Martin

Veteran-broadcaster Denny Somach joins Zach Martin’s NEW HD radio –

Benny Harrison

Whatever happened to Benny Harrison’s album Pages? It was a great one. Heard an early advance and loved it …And, (via Deadline)

Stevie Nicks

There are special guest stars, and then there’s extra-special guest stars. Which is what Harry Styles what is as he joined Stevie Nicks at her July 12 concert in the UK for versions of her hits “Stop Draggin’ My heart Around” and “Landslide.” Styles played guitar on stage and held up on the Tom Petty/Lindsey Buckingham vocal parts. It was familiar turf, as Styles has joined Nicks on stage several times in the past. Nicks was appearing at the BST Hyde Park concert series on Friday. Nicks told the audience in London that she asked Styles to help her in commemorating what would have been her late Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie’s 81st birthday … RIP Dr. Ruth!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Nancy Ruth; Mark Bego; Freda Payne; Jerry Brandt; Kent & Laura Denmark; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; David Kramer; Terry Jastrow; Steve Immerman; Jordan Immerman; Tony Seidl; Roy Trakin; Markos Papadatos; Sparks; Pat Prince; Cindy Adams; Tony LoBianco; Tone Scott; David Adelson; Joel Denver; Pat Prince; and SADIE!

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A Midsummer Night’s Scheme: An Artistic Fusion in Tribeca



In the heart of Tribeca, during the spirited celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, an immersive installation titled “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” has enraptured the design and art community of New York City. This unique collaboration, inspired by Shakespeare’s illustrious play, is a triumphant partnership melding Brazilian Mid-Century Modern furniture, contemporary fine art, and exquisitely handmade carpets. The exhibition, a confluence of Found Collectibles, Nicolas Auvray Gallery, and Carini, is a testament to their shared vision, creating a mesmerizing tableau that celebrates both historical and modern artistic expressions.

The opening night, an event of sublime enchantment, saw over 150 guests—including collectors, interior designers, architects, and design aficionados—gathered to bask in the sophisticated ambiance of Carini’s Tribeca showroom. The exhibit, running through July 22nd, beckons visitors from Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM, at 335 Greenwich Street #A, New York, NY 10013.

Rodrigo Salem, founder of Found Collectibles, eloquently captured the essence of the event: “We aimed to showcase the coexistence of Brazilian mid-century modern collectible design, beautiful rugs, and contemporary fine art. The result is an elegant, harmonious, stunning aesthetic fusion.”

Nicolas Auvray Gallery, a vibrant beacon in Chelsea, New York, continues to be a crucible for artistic dialogue and creativity. Formerly known as Galerie L’Atelier, the gallery has metamorphosed into a dynamic space where traditional and contemporary art forms converge, reflecting the richness and complexity of the human experience. Under the guidance of Nicolas Auvray, whose journey from corporate executive to esteemed curator is itself a narrative of artistic passion, the gallery presents an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures, photography, and mixed media, each piece a thread in the intricate tapestry of human expression.

Eric Ceccarini’s evocative photography from his “AMNIOS” series with its naturalistic light and striking sexuality, and ALBEN’s postmodern “Venus de Milo” sculpture, a reimagined configuration of crushed Coke cans, were among the highlights.

The carpets, suspended like tapestries, epitomized the artistry of Carini. Founded in 1997 by Joe Carini and Aurelie Lang, Carini NYC has long been at the forefront of the carpet design revolution, marrying traditional Tibetan knotting techniques with visionary design. Joe Carini’s dedication to natural dyes and authentic weaving practices underscores the company’s commitment to creating pieces that are both timeless and contemporary, drawing on ancient traditions to inform modern aesthetics.

Photographer Carlos Saavedra captured the spirit of the opening night, remarking, “It was wonderful to see all these different people from exciting worlds—fine art, fashion, antique collectibles, and textiles—coming together in this space we all created together and enjoying each other. There were so many countries and cultures represented; everyone just loved the space!”


Notable guests included designers Juan Montoya and Ernesto de la Torre, designer Bryan McCarthy, and Ben Genocchio, Editor in Chief of InCollect, each adding their unique flair to an evening of cultural confluence and artistic celebration.

In true Capote fashion, the event was a soirée where art and design waltzed together, a midsummer night’s dream come to life in the vibrant heart of New York City.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream” through July 22nd


335 Greenwich Street #A, 

New York, NY 10013

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway:​ Inspired By True Events A New Play by Ryan Spahn



Off-Broadway’s Out of the Box Theatrics is presenting Inspired By True Events, a new play by Ryan Spahn.

In the green room of a community theater in Rochester, the Uptown Players are getting ready to play to a full house after opening to rave reviews the night before. When their star actor arrives in a dangerously unhinged state, they must improvise on and off stage in ways they could not have imagined. By turns hilarious, harrowing, and horrifying, Inspired By True Events follows a tenacious group of show people who must determine at what cost the show must go on.

Inspired By True Events received development workshops with New York Stage & Film, Vineyard Theatre and EST.

Knud Adams is directing, and the cast will feature Lou Liberatore, Jack DiFalco, Mallory Portnoy, and Dana Scurlock. The play opens July 17 at 154 Christopher Street (formerly the New Ohio Theatre). The play was developed by Michael Urie.

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Gary Springer Remembers Shelley Duvall




By Gary Springer

I loved Shelley Duvall. She very much changed my life and I am forever grateful. I was a young kid in NYC who luckily wound up in two movies – not that I wanted to be an actor – and decided I wanted to be a NY crew guy. Got cast in another film starring Shelley Duvall, Bud Cort, Dennis Christopher and Veronica Cartwright. Thought it was fun I still had the crew aspirations. Shelley became my instant best friend. She said ‘why don’t you come out to LA and stay with Patrick (Reynolds of tobacco fame) and me until you have to go back to school. I did. I spent 7 months living with Patrick and Shelley in a castle in the Hollywood Hills and then another 4 months rooming with Shelley until she called me one day from NY where she was filming “Annie Hall: and said, I think I’m going to sell the house and move in with Paul (Simon). I had to get my own place and spent the next nine years in LA as a working actor (including a television movie which also co-starred the editor of this publication). Shelley was my mentor, my love (platonically), my facilitator, my friend. I met so many people through her and experienced so much that I never would have. Her bringing me to LA for a couple of weeks changed my life completely. I quit acting and moved back to NY in 1982 to work with my dad, but Shelley and I stayed friends. She called me in 1984 and offered me a role in one of her Faerie Tale Theatre pieces (the last professional phone I had). We stayed friends. She moved to Texas and I visited. She had difficulties and I was her friend. I flew down to Texas bringing our friend Dennis Christopher last month to visit her and spoke to her twice last Sunday on her 75th birthday (one wonderful FaceTime). I loved Shelley Duvall and always will.

Shelley Alexis Duvall, inimitable actor, producer, and style icon, died in her sleep July 11, 2024  at her home in Blanco, Texas. She just turned 75 this past Sunday, July 7. Her longtime partner, Dan Gilroy was at her side. She is survived by Dan Gilroy and her three brothers her brothers Scott, Stewart and Shane.

“My dear, sweet, wonderful life, partner, and friend left us last night. Too much suffering lately, now she’s free. Fly away beautiful Shelley,” said Gilroy

She was born in Fort Worth on July 7, 1949, grew up in Houston, and returned to her Texas roots after successful decades in the Hollywood entertainment industry, Shelley was a brilliant and unique film actor and a visionary television producer.

She was first discovered in 1970 when she hosted a party to try and sell some of her husband, Bernard Sampson’s, paintings. Little did she know that crew members from a movie shoot in town were present and were captivated by her. Under the pretense of selling paintings, they brought her to meet the director, Robert Altman, and producer Lou Adler, who were blown away by her wonderfully quirky distinctiveness and cast her in the movie they were filming, “Brewster McCloud” opposite Bud Cort. In Shelley’s words: “I said, ‘don’t you want to buy any paintings?’ And they said: “No, we want you!’”

She continued working with Bob Altman on six more films such as Thieves Like Us, Nashville, Popeye, and Three Women, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Seeing her in that film inspired Stanley Kubrick to cast her in his film The Shining where Shelley’s harrowing performance is indelibly etched in film lore. Shelley had a one-of-a-kind look and manner—wide-eyed, toothy, skinny and gawky, but with her own beauty and elegance—that endeared her to industry pros and audiences alike. Beyond her striking looks, she was also a serious, dedicated, and admired dramatic and comedic actor. Shelley appeared in many other film and television roles from the 1970s, 80s, and into the 90s.

Behind the camera, Shelley also conceived and created groundbreaking TV fare through her Platypus Productions: she produced, hosted, and sometimes guest-starred in her Faerie Tale Theatre series, which also called upon the talents of her wide circle of notable actors, directors, and film veterans including Robin Williams, Eric Idle, Mick Jagger, Teri Garr, Jean Stapleton, Frank Zappa, Vincent Price, John Lithgow, Pam Dawber, James Earl Jones, Candy Clark, Francis Ford Coppola, Roger Vadim, Tim Burton and so many more who would not usually have worked on a nascent cable channel show.

The Great American Tee Shirt book – with Paris wearing my Dog Day Afternoon shirt, with Dennis Christopher & Bud Cort

Faerie Tale Theatre’s one-hour adaptations of classic stories, followed up by her Tall Tales and Legends series, enchanted children and their elders through most of the 1980s (and live on to enchant in rerun heaven). She continued the streak with Nightmare Classics, Shelley Duvall’s Bedtime Stories, and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, garnering two Emmy nominations for Producer over the years.

Gary Springer and Shelly in Bernice Bobs Her Hair

Shelley, who had been called ‘The Texas Twiggy’ and, from film critic Pauline Kael, “The Female Buster Keaton,” was a frequent host on Saturday Night Live and during those heady late 70s and 80s was also known for dating the likes of Paul Simon and Ringo Starr.

Gary and Shelly on her birthday this year

In the mid-90s, Shelley found herself retreating from Hollywood and retiring from active production; successful though she had been as a star actor and producer. Then, her three-acre home in Studio City, which hosted a menagerie of birds, dogs, and other pets, was heavily damaged in the Northridge earthquake of 1994. Shelley and her partner since 1989, actor and musician Dan Gilroy, moved back to Texas to the small town of Blanco, near Austin, where the couple became a beloved part of the protective community. In recent years, Shelley has reconnected with some old friends and admirers from her Hollywood days while living a peaceful and quiet life in the Texas Hill Country.

Dan Gilroy, her brothers Scott, Stewart and Shane, friends and colleagues, the town of Blanco, and legions of fans mourn the passing of Shelley Duvall.


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