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TITANUS — A FAMILY CHRONICLE OF ITALIAN CINEMA: LE AMICHE

LE AMICHE

Michelangelo Antonioni’s LE AMICHE will screen May 29 & 31 at Titanus festival at Lincoln Center

LE AMICHE (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1955)
Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater, Francesca Beale Theater
144/165 West 65th St. between Eighth Ave. & Broadway
Friday, May 29, 4:15, and Sunday, May 31, 9:00
Festival runs May 22-31
212-875-5050
www.filmlinc.com

Winner of the Silver Lion at the 1955 Venice Film Festival, Michelangelo Antonioni’s sublimely marvelous Le Amiche follows the life and loves of a group of oh-so-fabulous catty, chatty, and ultra-fashionable Italian women and the men they keep around for adornment. Returning to her native Turin after having lived in Rome for many years, Clelia (Eleonora Rossi Drago) discovers that the young woman in the hotel room next to hers, Rosetta (Madeleine Fischer), has attempted suicide, thrusting Clelia into the middle of a collection of self-centered girlfriends who make the shenanigans of George Cukor’s The Women look like child’s play. The leader of the vain, vapid vamps is Momina (Yvonne Furneaux), who carefully orchestrates situations to her liking, particularly when it comes to her husband and her various, ever-changing companions, primarily architect Cesare (Franco Fabrizi). As Rosetta falls for painter Lorenzo (Gabriele Ferzetti), who is married to ceramicist Nene (Valentina Cortese), Clelia considers a relationship with Cesare’s assistant, Carlo (Ettore Manni), and the flighty Mariella (Anna Maria Pancani) considers just about anyone. Based on the novella Tra Donne Sole (“Among Only Women”) by Cesare Pavese, Le Amiche is one of Antonioni’s best, and least well known, films, an intoxicating and thoroughly entertaining precursor to his early 1960s trilogy, L’Avventura, La Notte, and L’Eclisse. Skewering the not-very-discreet “charm” of the Italian bourgeoisie, Antonioni mixes razor-sharp dialogue with scenes of wonderful ennui, all shot in glorious black and white by Gianni Di Venanzo.

LE AMICHE

LE AMICHE explores world of catty, chatty, ultra-fashionable women in Turin

Recently restored in 35mm, Le Amiche is a newly rediscovered treasure from one of cinema’s most iconoclastic auteurs. It is screening on May 29 at 4:15 and May 31 at 9:00 in the Film Society of Lincoln Center series “Titanus: A Family Chronicle of Italian Cinema,” a ten-day, twenty-three-film retrospective honoring the Italian production company founded by Gustavo Lombardo in 1904 and later run by his son, Goffredo, and grandson, Guido, that remained active until 1964 (although it continues to occasionally release work). The festival displays the wide range of Titanus’s output, including Dario Argento’s The Bird with Crystal Plumage, Camillo Mastrocinque’s Little Girls and High Finance, Raffaello Matarazzo’s The White Angel, Elio Petri’s Numbered Days, Federico Fellini’s The Swindle, Giorgio Bianchi’s Cronaca Nera, and Dino Risi’s The Sign of Venus, but not Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard; the tremendous cost of filming Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s epochal novel played a major role in the company’s downward fortune.

BLACK & WHITE ’SCOPE — INTERNATIONAL CINEMA: THE 400 BLOWS

Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) can’t seem to stay away from trouble in François Truffaut’s autobiographical Nouvelle Vague classic THE 400 BLOWS

THE 400 BLOWS (LES QUATRE CENTS COUPS) (François Truffaut, 1959)
BAMcinématek, BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Pl. & St. Felix St.
Friday, May 29, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00 & 9:30
Series runs May 29 - June 16
718-636-4100
www.bam.org

“They won’t be happy you’re missing school like this,” a man tells fourteen-year-old Jean-Pierre Léaud as he’s auditioning for the part of Antoine Doinel in François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows. “It doesn’t matter, as long as I’m happy,” Léaud responds. The French New Wave classic marked the first of five films, including one short, in which Léaud played the iconic character, as audiences around the world followed his search for happiness. In The 400 Blows, Doinel is a tough twelve-year-old kid who loves Balzac, has never seen the ocean, and is always getting into trouble with his parents, who treat him more like a problem than a son. He is clearly very smart, but he does poorly in school, where he is harassed by his teacher, whom they call Sourpuss (Guy Decomble). One day when he decides to play hooky, he catches his mother (Claire Maurier) kissing another man, and instead of telling his father (Albert Rémy), he runs away from home, moving in with his friend René (Patrick Auffay), setting off a series of events that lead to a whole lot more trouble and an unforgettable final shot. The 400 Blows is one of the most intelligent films ever made about adolescence, a tender, honest portrayal of a mischievous kid who just wants to be understood. Léaud gives a wonderfully nuanced performance that makes Antoine a uniquely believable and sympathetic character even when he is making some very bad choices. The bittersweet autobiographical paean to childhood rebellion is also about escape of all kinds, beginning and ending with Henri Decaë’s camera racing away alongside Jean Constantin’s glorious score. The Adventures of Antoine Doinel series continued with 1962’s Antoine and Colette, 1968’s Stolen Kisses, 1970’s Bed and Board, and 1979’s Love on the Run, as the world grew up with Antoine, and Truffaut alter-ego Léaud.

Nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar and earning Truffaut Best Director honors at Cannes, The 400 Blows is screening in Brooklyn on May 29, kicking off the BAMcinématek series “Black & White ’Scope: International Cinema,” an eighteen-day, twenty-eight-film festival featuring 1950s and ’60s black-and-white films shot in CinemaScope. The series includes such other Truffaut classics as Shoot the Piano Player and Jules and Jim in addition to five films by Akira Kurosawa, Alain Resnais’s Last Year at Marienbad, Kon Ichikawa’s Fires on the Plain, Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev, Joseph Losey’s The Damned, and Masahiro Shinoda’s Pale Flower, a veritable master’s level course in cinema studies.

IDEAS CITY: THE INVISIBLE CITY

Drone painting is part of three-day Ideas City festival on the Lower East Side

Drone painting is part of three-day Ideas City festival on the Lower East Side

NEW YORK CITY FESTIVAL FOR THE FUTURE
New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Aula, Sara D. Roosevelt Park, the Cooper Union, and other Lower East Side locations
May 28-30, free - $50
www.ideas-city.org

In his 1972 novel Invisible Cities, Cuban-born Italian journalist and author Italo Calvino wrote, “Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” That quote is the inspiration for this year’s Ideas City festival, three days of panel discussions, debates, lectures, interactive art projects, music and theater, and other special presentations about the future of New York and other cosmopolitan areas. Founded by the New Museum, the festival begins on May 28 with an all-day ticketed conference, but most everything else is free, with many events requiring advance registration. On Friday, “A Performative Conference in Nine Acts” ($20) consists of nine performances at the Aula on Mulberry St. by such artists as Jordi Enrich Jorba, Penny Arcade, and Danny Hoch, while Saturday’s Street Program features outdoor projects in and around Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Below are only some of the highlights of what should be an intriguing and fascinating look at civic responsibility and how you can make a difference.

Thursday, May 28
Ideas City Conference, with screening by Rivane Neuenschwander, welcome address by Lisa Phillips and Joseph Grima, “Seeing through the Noise” keynote by Lawrence Lessig, “Hope and Unrest in the Invisible City” panel discussion with Jonathas de Andrade, Rosanne Haggerty, Yto Barrada, Micah White, and moderator Jonathan Bowles, “Make No Little Plans: Towards a Plausible Utopia” conversation with Bjarke Ingels and Kim Stanley Robinson, screening of Joshua Frankel’s Mannahatta: Studies for an Opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, “Make No Little Plans: Policy and the Invisible City” conversation with Rohit Aggarwala and Connie Hedegaard, “Full Disclosure and the Morality of Information” panel discussion with Trevor Paglen, Christopher Soghoian, Jillian C. York, and moderator Gabriella Coleman, screening of OpenStreetMap’s 2008, a Year of Edits, “Maps for the Invisible City” panel discussion with Steve Coast, William Rankin, and moderator Laura Kurgan, screening of Adam Magyar’s Stainless, 42 Street, introduction by Richard Flood, and “Finding the Invisible City” mayoral panel discussion with Annise Parker, Carmen Yulín Cruz, Svante Myrick, and moderator Kurt Andersen, Great Hall, the Cooper Union, 7 East Seventh St., free - $50, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm

ETH Zurich, Block Research Group, and others: Pop-Up Workshop + Gallery, ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion, 34 East First St., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

ETH Zurich Alumni — New York Chapter: The Invisible Feedback Loop: Architects, Infrastructure, and Public Space, ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion, First Street Garden, 6:30

NEW INC and Deep Lab: Drone Painting Performance, 231 Bowery, 8:00

Social Innovation in the Data Age: Inventing a Truly Smart City takes place May 29 in the First Street Garden

Social Innovation in the Data Age: Inventing a Truly Smart City takes place May 29 in the First Street Garden

Friday, May 29
PareUp, miLES, and others — Wasted Food x Wasted Space: A Morning Dialogue over Breakfast, ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion, First Street Garden, yoga at 8:00, roundtable dialogues at 9:00

Swiss Think Tank W.I.R.E., SAVIDA, and others — Social Innovation in the Data Age: Inventing a Truly Smart City, ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion, First Street Garden, 12 noon

Jordi Enrich Jorba: Nomadic Place, A Performative Conference in Nine Acts, the Aula, 268 Mulberry St., 7:30

NEW INC and Deep Lab: EMA Performance, 231 Bowery, 8:00

Urban Word, Ministry of Endangered Language, and others — The POEMobile: Quechua Poetry & Projections, with Doris Loayza, Inti Jimbo, and Inkarayku, Mulberry St. between Houston & Prince Sts., 8:00 pm – 12 midnight

United States Department of Arts and Culture — People’s State of the Union: “2015 Poetic Address to the Nation,” A Performative Conference in Nine Acts, the Aula, 268 Mulberry St., 8:10

Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer, A Performative Conference in Nine Acts, the Aula, 268 Mulberry St., 8:40

Danny Hoch: Excerpt from Taking Over, A Performative Conference in Nine Acts, the Aula, 268 Mulberry St., 10:45

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Michael Henry Adams, and others: Last Dance, A Performative Conference in Nine Acts, the Aula, 268 Mulberry St., 11:00 pm

Ursula Scherrer with Brian Chase and Kato Hideki: afloat, A Performative Conference in Nine Acts, the Aula, 268 Mulberry St., 11:59 pm – 3:00 am

Abrons Arts Center invites The City of the Lost and Found (photo by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre)

Abrons Arts Center invites visitors to “re-create an item, a feeling, or an idea they have lost in the city” (photo by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre)

Saturday, May 30
Abrons Arts Center: The City of the Lost and Found, Street Program, Sara D. Roosevelt Park, 12 noon – 3:00 pm

Art in Odd Places: Recall, Street Program, Sara D. Roosevelt Park, 12 noon – 6:00 pm

Arte Institute, Albanian Institute New York: Surface Markers and I will play your soul, Street Program, Sara D. Roosevelt Park, 12 noon – 6:00 pm

Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP): Sewer in a Suitcase, Street Program, Bowery between Houston & Stanton Sts., 12 noon – 6:00 pm

Circus for Construction, Austin + Mergold: The Wall Inside, Street Program, Sara D. Roosevelt Park, 12 noon – 6:00 pm

Davidson Rafailidis: “MirrorMirror,” Street Program, Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Stanton St., 12 noon – 6:00 pm

Emily Johnson/Catalyst: Conjuring Future Joy, Street Program, Bowery between Stanton & Rivington Sts., 12 noonn – 6:00 pm

Hester Street Fair: Ideas City Food Court, with Brooklyn Soda Works, Doughnut Plant, Khao Man Gai NY, Luke’s Lobster, Meat Hook Sandwich, Mindful Juice, Oddfellows Ice Cream, Petee’s Pies, Red Star Sandwich Shop, and
Roberta’s, 12 noon – 6:00 pm

US Department of Arts and Culture, Endangered Language Alliance, and others: Ministry of Endangered Language, Street Program, Stanton St. & Bowery, 12 noon – 6:00 pm

Wojciech Gilewicz, Artists Alliance Inc. — RRRC: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost, Street Program, multiple locations, 12 noon – 6:00 pm

BOOKEXPO AMERICA / BOOKCON

Judy Blume will be at BEA with her new adult novel, IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT

Judy Blume will be at BEA with her new adult novel, IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th St. (11th Ave. between 34th & 39th Sts.)
BookExpo America: May 27-29, $104-$419
www.bookexpoamerica.com
BookCon: May 30-31, $5-$40
www.thebookcon.com

The ways we are producing, purchasing, and reading books are changing at lightning speed, but when all is said and done, it’s still primarily about the written word. And that is precisely what you can celebrate at two major events this week. BookExpo America, better known as BEA, will be at the Javits Center May 27-29, the annual convention for book-buying professionals, publishing professionals, and book industry professionals and authors. In addition to hundreds of exhibitors, there is the Global Market Forum: China Pavilion, a special Translation Market, Start Up Alley, and Digital Discovery Zone. BEA is followed immediately by BookCon on May 30-31, two days of panels, signings, and celebrity guests that are open to the general public. Below are highlights, some of which require advance registration and ticketing.

BookExpo America
Wednesday, May 27
Opening Day Spotlight: In Conversation with Jonathan Franzen, moderated by Salon.com cofounder Laura Miller, Room 1E12/1E13/1E14, 12:30

Autographing Sessions with T. J. English, Alison Weir, Amy Ewing, Mo Willems, John Quiñones, Karin Slaughter, Carol Alt, Al Roker, Rosemary Wells, Bernadette Peters, more

Thursday, May 28
Adult Book & Author Breakfast, with Lee Child, Dyana Nyad, Brandon Stanton, and MC Kunal Nayyar, Special Events Hall, 8:00 am

Autographing Sessions with Anne Ursu, Michelle Zink, Maryrose Wood, Betsy Lewin, Tama Janowitz, Erin Stead, Jon Scieszka, Jesse Eisenberg, Sarah Mlynowski, Claudia Gabel, Gregory Maguire, Carolyn Mackler, Tim Harrington, Ahmet Zappa, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Judah Freidlander, Mary Higgins Clark, Paul Morrissey, Adam Carolla, Jane O’Connor, more

Friday, May 29
Children’s Book & Author Breakfast, with Oliver Jeffers, Rainbow Rowell, James Patterson, and MC Nathan Lane, Special Events Hall, 8:00 am

Meet BEA Young Adult Editors’ Buzz Authors and Meet BEA Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz Authors, BEA Uptown Stage

Autographing Sessions with Kenneth Oppel, Kelley Armstrong, Stuart Gibbs, Jack Gantos, Hamish McKenzie, Scott Westerfeld, Katherine Applegate, Nathan Lane, Linda Fairstein, Kim Harrison, Oliver Jeffers, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Lauren Oliver, Rita Williams-Garcia, Gitty Daneshvari, David Baldacci, Patrick Ness, Meg Cabot, more

APA Author Tea, with Judy Blume, Adriana Trigiani, Jack Gantos, and MC Jacqueline Woodson, Room 1E15/1E16, 3:30

David Duchovny will present his new book, HOLY COW, at BookCon at the Javits Center this week

David Duchovny will present his new book, HOLY COW, at BookCon at the Javits Center this week

BookCon
Saturday, May 30
Mindy Kaling in Conversation with BJ Novak, Special Events Hall, 11:00 am

Marvel Presents: Star Wars, with Jordan White, Charles Soule, and Alex Maleev, Room 1A21, 12:30

Mixed Me: A Discussion with Taye Diggs and Shane Evans, Room 1A10, 1:00

Holy Cow, meet David Duchovny, Macmillan Meeting Room 3139 on the show floor, 2:00

Nick Offerman’s Gumption Revival!, Special Events Hall, 2:30

Aziz Ansari / Modern Romance, Special Events Hall, 4:15

Paper Towns Film Panel, with John Green, Justice Smith, Kathleen Heaney, Michael H. Weber, Nat Wolff, and Ryan Lott, Special Events Hall, 6:00

Autographing Sessions with Paige McKenzie, Sarah Dessen & Gayle Forman, Mac Barnett & Jory John, Meg Cabot, David Baldacci, Marissa Meyer, Nick Offerman & John Hodgman, Lauren Oliver, Tavi Gevinson, Brad Meltzer, Patrick Ness, Calvin L. Reed, more

Sunday, May 31
First in Line Red Carpet Event & Author Breakfast, with E. Lockhart, James Dashner, Jennifer Niven, and Nicola Yoon, Penguin Random House Meeting Room 3205 on the show floor, 10:00 am

We Need Diverse Books Presents Luminaries of Children’s Literature, with Aisha Saeed, David Levithan, I. W. Gregorio, Jacqueline Woodson, Libba Bray, Meg Medina, and Soman Chainani, Room 1A10, 11:15

Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer – Off the Page, Room 1A23, 1:00

John Leguizamo: Ghetto Klown, Downtown Stage, 2:00

Judy Blume in Conversation with Jennifer Weiner, Special Events Hall, 2:30

A Conversation with Brandon Stanton, Creator of Humans of New York, Room 1A21, 3:30

Goosebumps Movie Panel with R.L. Stine, Dylan Minnette, and Ryan Lee, Special Events Hall, 4:15

Autographing Sessions with Charlaine Harris, Matthew Van Fleet, Jacqueline Woodson & Libba Bray, Meg Cabot, R.L. Stine, Judy Blume, Scott Westerfeld, David Levithan, E. Lockhart, Mingmei Yip, Candace Bushnell, Brandon Stanton, Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer, James Dashner, Michael Buckley, more

NEW TASTE OF THE UPPER WEST SIDE

Soirée in the Park is part of New Taste of the Upper West Side food festival

Soirée in the Park is part of New Taste of the Upper West Side food festival

Theodore Roosevelt Park, Columbus Ave.
May 27-30, $105-$225
www.newtasteuws.com

It wasn’t too long ago that the Upper West Side was not exactly known for its culinary excellence. But times change, and the neighborhood will be strutting its comestible stuff this week at New Taste of the Upper West Side, a trio of food-based events benefiting the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District and Theodore Roosevelt Park. On May 27 at 7:30, Soirée in the Park ($150) will bring together Sarabeth Levine of Sarabeth’s, Rodney Mitchell of Calle Ocho, Dennis Petronio of Gastronomie 491, Lala Sharma of Savoury Indian Restaurant & Bar, Scott Bryan of the Milling Room, and Luke Holden and Ben Conniff of Luke’s Lobster for an elegant cocktail party featuring hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and live chamber music. On Friday night at 7:00 ($105), Comfort Classics consists of forty local restaurants serving “home-style fare,” hosted by Adam Richman, with food tastings, wine, cocktails, beer, and live music by the Silver Arrow Band; among the participating eateries are Artie’s Delicatessen, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Firehouse, Gabriela’s, Haru, Isabella’s, Momofuku Milk Bar, Pasha, Serafina, Sugar and Plumm, the Meatball Shop, and Virgil’s Real BBQ. And on May 30, Best of the West (general admission $135, VIP $225) promises glitz and glamour from forty preeminent UWS chefs and restaurateurs, including host Marc Murphy (with Anne Burrell and Lauren Scala) and Haley Fox and Lauren Fox from Alice’s Tea Cup, Olivier Quignon from Bar Boulud, Matthew Tivy from Café du Soleil, Michael Navarette from Café Luxembourg, Chris Wall from Cesca Enoteca, John Frasier from Dovetail, Bobbie Lloyd from Magnolia, Olivier Dessyn from Mille Feuille, Andy D’Amico from Nice Matin, William Sanders from Ocean Grill, Michael Lomonaco and Michael Ammirati from Porter House New York, Joe Quintana from Rosa Mexicano, Jacques Torres, Jean-George Vongerichten, and many more.

HAUTE COUTURE ON FILM — VERSAILLES ’73: AMERICAN RUNWAY REVOLUTION

Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli was among the participants when the Americans battled the French at the Palace of Versailles in 1973

CinéSalon: VERSAILLES ’73: AMERICAN RUNWAY REVOLUTION (Deborah Riley Draper, 2012)
French Institute Alliance Française, Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th St. between Madison & Park Aves.
Tuesday, May 26, $13, 4:00 & 7:30
212-355-6100
www.fiaf.org
www.versailles73movie.com

The French Institute Alliance Française’s CinéSalon series “Haute Couture on Film,” part of the larger “Fashion at FIAF” festival, comes to a fitting close with Deborah Riley Draper’s fab 2012 doc, Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution. In June 1919, Germany and the Allies signed a peace treaty at the palace of Versailles in France, where Louis XIV and his family lived until they had to flee in 1789. Nearly two hundred years later, the historic Château de Versailles was in disrepair, and American fashion doyenne Eleanor Lambert decided to do something about it, creating a high-society fundraiser featuring presentations by five French designers and five American designers. Deborah Riley Draper captures all of the backstage intrigue and surprising results in her debut full-length film, speaking with many of those who were on hand for what turned out to be an eye-opening, game-changing haute couture competition. “There are moments in history that change the course of history,” says Versailles ’73 model Alva Chinn. “That was a moment in history that changed the course of fashion history.” Among those sharing their perspectives on the Battle of Versailles, which pitted Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, and Emanuel Ungaro against Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, and Halston, are Met Costume Institute curator-in-charge Harold Koda, Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture president Didier Grumbach, American actor and Halston assistant Dennis Christopher (Breaking Away), Château de Versailles chief curator Beatrix Saule, public relations executive and former Lambert assistant John Tiffany, Versailles ’73 patron Simone Levitt, former Halston assistant and Bill Blass executive Tom Fallon, photographer Charles Tracy, designer Burrows, and, most fabulously, participating models China Machado, Barbara Jackson, Charleen Dash, Pat Cleveland, Karen Bjornsen, Norma Jean Darden, Nancy North, Marisa Berenson, Bethann Hardison, Carla LaMonte, and Billie Blair, who are utterly delightful as they detail the fascinating goings-on.

The competition not only shed new light on American design and runway presentation but on the style and verve of black models, who brought a new energy to the world of international fashion. Narrated by King of Vintage Cameron Silver, the film features photographs and silent color footage from the event; it’s too bad that better material isn’t available from this seminal moment in twentieth-century haute couture, when the underdog Americans brought their A-game once again to the French. Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution is being shown May 26 at 4:00 & 7:30; both screenings will be followed by a wine reception, and Macy’s fashion director Nicole Fischelis will introduce the later show.

FREE SUMMER THEATER 2015

New York Classical Theatre holds its first read-through of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, which they will bring to multiple parks this summer

New York Classical Theatre holds its first read-through of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, which they will bring to multiple parks this summer (photo courtesy of New York Classical Theatre)

What can compare to free open-air Shakespeare in a New York park on a midsummer night? The annual season celebrating the Bard all around the city has just begun, with presentations from such companies and organizations as New York Classical Theatre, Smith Street Stage, Boomerang, the all-female Manhattan Shakespeare Project, Hudson Warehouse, Hip to Hip, the Public Theater, and SummerStage. All of the below events are free, but, as always, Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte requires same-day ticketing. Don’t miss out on this city tradition; otherwise, as Will wrote in Sonnet 65: “O, how shall summer’s honey breath hold out / Against the wreckful siege of batt’ring days, / When rocks impregnable are not so stout, / Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?”

Friday, May 15
through
Saturday, May 31

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: Two Gentlemen of Verona, by the Drilling Company, directed by Hamilton Clancy, Bryant Park, Fridays & Saturdays at 6:30, Sundays at 2:00

Tuesday, May 26
Wednesday, May 27
Thursday, May 28
through
Sunday, June 28

New York Classical Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew, Central Park, 103rd St. & Central Park West, Thursday - Sunday at 7:00

Wednesday, May 27
through
Sunday, July 5

Shakespeare in the Park: The Tempest, starring Jordan Barrow, Louis Cancelmi, Francesca Carpanini, Nicholas Christopher, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Chloe Fox, Rosharra Francis, Thomas Gibbons, Frank Harts, Sunny Hitt, Brandon Kalm, Olga Karmansky, Tamika Sonja Lawrence, Rico Lebron, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Tim Nicolai, Matthew Oaks, Charles Parnell, Chris Perfetti, Rodney Richardson, Laura Shoop, Cotter Smith, Sam Waterston, and Bernard White, directed by Michael Greif, Delacorte Theater, Central Park, 8:00

Wednesday, June 3
through
Sunday, July 26

Manhattan Shakespeare Project: The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Kate Holland, Central Park Summit Rock (June 3, 11, 25, 26, 28), Astoria Park (TBD), St. Nicholas Park (June 18, 20), Sunset Park (June 19, 21, 27), Morningside Park (July 9, 10, 11, 12, 23, 24, 25, 26), 6:00

Thursday, June 4
through
Sunday, June 28

Hudson Warehouse: Henry IV Part I, with Steve Guttenberg, directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Park, Thursday - Sunday at 6:30

Friday, June 5
SummerStage: Lemon Anderson ToasT, plus #LoveHustle with DJ Reborn and J. Keys, Red Hook Park, 7:00

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe will feature Elaine Del Valle’s BROWNSVILLE BRED in Betsy Head Park on June 13 (photo by Ron Marotta)

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe will feature Elaine Del Valle’s BROWNSVILLE BRED in Betsy Head Park on June 13 (photo by Ron Marotta)

Saturday, June 13
SummerStage: Nuyorican Poets Cafe featuring Elaine Del Valle’s Brownsville Bred, Betsy Head Park, 7:00

Saturday, June 20
through
Sunday, July 19

Boomerang Theatre Company: Cymbeline, Central Park (69th St. & Central Park West), Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00

Tuesday, June 23, 30
Wednesday, June 24 & July 1

New York Classical Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew, Prospect Park, enter at Grand Army Plaza, 7:00

Thursday, June 25, 4:00 (open dress rehearsal)
Friday, June 26, 4:00
Saturday, June 27, 2:00
Sunday, June 28, 2:00

River to River: Love of a Poet, by John Kelly, Arts Center, Governors Island, advance RSVP required

smith street stage henry iv

Tuesday, June 30
through
Sunday, July 19

Shakespeare in Carroll Park: Henry IV (Parts 1 & 2) by Smith Street Stage, directed by Joby Earle, bring your own seating, Carroll Park, 6:30 or 8:00

Thursday, July 2
through
Sunday, July 26

Hudson Warehouse: She Stoops to Conquer, directed by Ian Harkins, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Park, Thursday - Sunday at 6:30

Thursday, July 2
through
Friday, August 7

Theatreworks USA: Skippyjon Jones Snow What (& the 7 Chihuahuas), Lucille Lortel Theatre, Sunday – Friday, times vary

Sunday, July 5
through
Sunday, July 26

SummerStage: The Tempest by Classical Theatre of Harlem, directed by Carl Cofield, Marcus Garvey Park, Tuesday – Sunday at 7:00

Wednesday, July 8
Friday, July 10
through
Sunday, July 12

New York Classical Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew, Teardrop Park, 7:00

Thursday, July 9
through
Saturday, July 26

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: As You Like It, by the Drilling Company, directed by Hamilton Clancy, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center, 114 Norfolk St., 8:00

Thursday, July 9
through
Thursday, August 13

Broadway in Bryant Park, Bryant Park Lawn, Thursdays at 12:30

Tuesday, July 14
through
Sunday, August 9

New York Classical Theatre: Measure for Measure, Battery Park by Castle Clinton, 7:00

Friday, July 17
through
Sunday, August 2

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: Romeo and Juliet, by the Drilling Company, directed by Dave Marantz, Bryant Park, Fridays & Saturdays at 6:30, Sundays at 2:00

Wednesday, July 22
through
Saturday, August 15

Hip to Hip Theatre Company: The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Merchant of Venice, performed in repertory in parks across the city, including Agawam Park, Crocheron Park, Cunningham Park, Forest Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, Sunnyside Gardens Park, and Van Cortlandt Park, preceded by Kids & the Classics, Wednesday - Sunday at different times

shakespeare in the park cymbeline

Thursday, July 23
through
Sunday, August 23

Shakespeare in the Park: Cymbeline, starring Hamish Linklater, Lily Rabe, Teagle F. Bougere, Kate Burton, Raúl Esparza, David Furr, Jacob Ming-Trent, Patrick Page, and Steven Skybell, directed by Daniel Sullivan, Delacorte Theater, Central Park, 8:00

Thursday, July 30
through
Sunday, August 23

Hudson Warehouse: Titus Andronicus, directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Park, Thursday - Sunday at 6:30

Friday, July 31
SummerStage: Mr. Joy by Daniel Beaty featuring Tangela Large, Clove Lakes Park, 7:00

Tuesday, August 11
Wednesday, August 12
Thursday, August 14
through
Sunday, August 16

New York Classical Theatre: Measure for Measure, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 7:00

Wednesday, August 12
SummerStage: The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 7:00

Thursday, August 13
and
Friday, August 14

SummerStage: The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music, preceded by a Master Class led by Darrin Henson, Marcus Garvey Park, 7:00

Friday, September 4
through
Sunday, September 20

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: The Taming of the Shrew, by the Drilling Company, directed by Alessandro Colla, Bryant Park, Fridays & Saturdays at 6:30, Sundays at 2:00

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