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24May/16

FREE SUMMER THEATER 2016

You can catch New York Classical rehearsing MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM in Central Park

You can catch New York Classical rehearsing MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM in Central Park

It might be hard to top the naked version of The Tempest that was recently staged in Central Park by the Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society, but New York Classical Theatre, Smith Street Stage, Hudson Warehouse, the Manhattan Shakespeare Project, Hip to Hip, the Public Theater, River to River, SummerStage, and others will be presenting clothed works in honor of the four hundredth anniversary of the death of the Bard. Don’t miss out on this city tradition or, 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?” (Keep watching this space as more shows are announced.)

Daily through May 30
New York Classical Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, open rehearsals, Central Park, 103rd St. & Central Park West, 12 noon - 5:30 pm

Tuesday, May 24
through
Sunday, June 26

Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew, starring JCandy Buckley, Donna Lynne Champlin, Morgan Everitt, Rosa Gilmore, Judy Gold, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Cush Jumbo, Teresa Avia Lim, Janet McTeer, Adrienne C. Moore, Anne L. Nathan, Gayle Rankin, Pearl Rhein, Leenya Rideout, Jackie Sanders, Stacey Sargeant, and Natalie Woolams-Torres, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, Delacorte Theater, Central Park, 8:00

Tuesday, May 31
through
Sunday, June 5

New York Classical Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Central Park, 103rd St. & Central Park West, 7:00

Thursday, June 2
through
Sunday, June 5

Hudson Warehouse: Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Park, 6:30

Tuesday, June 7
through
Sunday, June 12

Manhattan Shakespeare Project: Al’ukhraa: A Study in Othello, directed by Sarah Eismann, Astoria Park, 6:00

Wednesday, June 8
through
Saturday, June 11

Inwood Shakespeare Festival: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Moose Hall Theatre Company, directed by Ted Minos, Inwood Hill Park Peninsula, 7:30

Wednesday, June 8
through
Sunday, June 12

Shakespeare in Carroll Park: The Tempest, Smith Street Stage, directed by Beth Ann Hopkins, bring your own seating, Carroll Park, 7:30

Thursday, June 9
through
Sunday, June 12

New York Classical Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Central Park, 103rd St. & Central Park West, 7:00

Thursday, June 9
through
Sunday, June 12

Hudson Warehouse: Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Park, 6:30

Wednesday, June 15
through
Saturday, June 18

Inwood Shakespeare Festival: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Moose Hall Theatre Company, directed by Ted Minos, Inwood Hill Park Peninsula, 7:30

Wednesday, June 15
through
Sunday, June 19

Shakespeare in Carroll Park: The Tempest, Smith Street Stage, directed by Beth Ann Hopkins, bring your own seating, Carroll Park, 7:30

Kaneza Schaal will GO FORTH on Governors Island in June (photo by Maria Baranova)

Kaneza Schaal will GO FORTH on Governors Island in June (photo by Maria Baranova)

Thursday, June 16
through
Sunday, June 19

River to River Festival: Go Forth, by Kaneza Schaal, Arts Center, Governors Island, Building 110, advance RSVP required, 2:30 or 4:30

Thursday, June 16
through
Sunday, June 19

New York Classical Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Central Park, 103rd St. & Central Park West, 7:00

Thursday, June 16
through
Sunday, June 19

Hudson Warehouse: Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Park, 6:30

Wednesday, June 22
through
Saturday, June 25

Inwood Shakespeare Festival: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Moose Hall Theatre Company, directed by Ted Minos, Inwood Hill Park Peninsula, 7:30

Wednesday, June 22
through
Sunday, June 26

Shakespeare in Carroll Park: The Tempest, Smith Street Stage, directed by Beth Ann Hopkins, bring your own seating, Carroll Park, 7:30

Thursday, June 23
through
Friday, June 24

Manhattan Shakespeare Project: Al’ukhraa: A Study in Othello, directed by Sarah Eismann, Summit Rock, Central Park, 6:00

Thursday, June 23
through
Sunday, June 26

Hudson Warehouse: Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Park, 6:30

Thursday, June 23
through
Sunday, June 26

New York Classical Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Central Park, 103rd St. & Central Park West, 7:00

Saturday, June 25
River to River Festival: Open Studios with Kaneza Schaal, Arts Center, Governors Island, Building 110, advance RSVP required, 2:30

Saturday, June 25
and
Sunday, June 26

Manhattan Shakespeare Project: Al’ukhraa: A Study in Othello, directed by Sarah Eismann, Morningside Park, 6:00

Wednesday, June 29
through
Saturday, July 2

New York Classical Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nelson A. Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City, 7:00

Wednesday, June 29
through
Sunday, July 17

New York Classical Theatre: The Winter’s Tale, open rehearsals, meet at Castle Clinton, Battery Park, 12 noon - 5:30 pm

Thursday, June 30
through
Sunday, July 3

Hudson Warehouse: Lysistrata: “Let’s Make America Great Again,” by Aristophanes, adapted and directed by Susane Lee, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Park, 6:30

a study in othello

Wednesday, July 6
through
Sunday, July 10

New York Classical Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Prospect Park, 7:00

Thursday, July 7
Broadway in Bryant Park (Wicked, Stomp, The Color Purple, Matilda), Bryant Park lawn, 12:30

Thursday, July 7
through
Sunday, July 10

Manhattan Shakespeare Project: Al’ukhraa: A Study in Othello, directed by Sarah Eismann, Summit Rock, Central Park, 6:00

Thursday, July 7
through
Sunday, July 10

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Drilling Company, directed by Cathy Curtiss, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center, 114 Norfolk St., 8:00

Thursday, July 7
through
Sunday, July 10

Hudson Warehouse: Lysistrata: “Let’s Make America Great Again,” by Aristophanes, adapted and directed by Susane Lee, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Park, 6:30

Friday, July 8
through
Sunday, July 31 (excluding Mondays)

SummerStage: The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents Macbeth, directed by Carl Cofield and starring Ty Jones, Marcus Garvey Park, 8:00 (Fridays 8:30)

Tuesday, July 12
Thursday, July 14
through
Sunday, July 17

New York Classical Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Carl Schurz Park, 7:00

Thursday, July 14
Broadway in Bryant Park (Chicago, The Fantastiks, Motown, Finding Neverland), Bryant Park lawn, 12:30

Thursday, July 14
through
Sunday, July 17

Manhattan Shakespeare Project: Al’ukhraa: A Study in Othello, directed by Sarah Eismann, Morningside Park, 6:00

Thursday, July 14
through
Sunday, July 17

Hudson Warehouse: Lysistrata: “Let’s Make America Great Again,” by Aristophanes, adapted and directed by Susane Lee, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Park, 6:30

Thursday, July 14
through
Sunday, July 17

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Drilling Company, directed by Cathy Curtiss, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center, 114 Norfolk St., 8:00

Smith Street Stage will present THE TEMPEST in Carroll Park (photo by Chris Montgomery)

Smith Street Stage will present THE TEMPEST in Carroll Park (photo by Chris Montgomery)

Monday, July 18
through
Sunday, August 7 (excluding Thursdays)

New York Classical Theatre: The Winter’s Tale, meet at Castle Clinton, Battery Park, 7:00

Tuesday, July 19
through
Sunday, August 14

Shakespeare in the Park: Troilus and Cressida, directed by Daniel Sullivan, Delacorte Theater, Central Park, 8:00

Thursday, July 21
Broadway in Bryant Park (Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables, Fuerza Bruta, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Paramour), Bryant Park lawn, 12:30

Thursday, July 21
through
Sunday, July 24

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Drilling Company, directed by Cathy Curtiss, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center, 114 Norfolk St., 8:00

Thursday, July 21
through
Sunday, July 24

Hudson Warehouse: Lysistrata: “Let’s Make America Great Again,” by Aristophanes, adapted and directed by Susane Lee, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Park, 6:30

Wednesday, July 27
through
Sunday, August 28

Hip to Hip Theatre Company: As You Like It and Julius Caesar, performed in repertory in parks across the city, including Agawam Park, Crocheron Park, Cunningham Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Fort Greene Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Harlem Meer, Socrates Sculpture Park, Sunnyside Gardens Park, and Van Cortlandt Park, preceded by Kids & the Classics, Wednesday - Sunday at different times

Thursday, July 28
Broadway in Bryant Park (Waitress, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Kinky Boots, Fun Home, Himself & Nora), Bryant Park lawn, 12:30

Thursday, July 28
through
Sunday, July 31

Hudson Warehouse: Othello, directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Park, 6:30

Thursday, July 28
through
Sunday, July 31

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: The Merchant of Venice, the Drilling Company, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center, 114 Norfolk St., 8:00

Thursday, August 4
Broadway in Bryant Park (Beautiful, An American in Paris, Avenue Q, Holiday Inn), Bryant Park lawn, 12:30

Thursday, August 4
through
Sunday, August 7

Hudson Warehouse: Othello, directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Park, 6:30

Thursday, August 4
through
Sunday, August 7

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: The Merchant of Venice, the Drilling Company, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center, 114 Norfolk St., 8:00

Monday, August 8
through
Sunday, August 14 (excluding Thursdays)

New York Classical Theatre: The Winter’s Tale, meet at Bargemusic on Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 7:00

Thursday, August 11
Broadway in Bryant Park (Phantom of the Opera, Something Rotten!, Cagney, Ruthless!), Bryant Park lawn, 12:30

Thursday, August 11
through
Sunday, August 14

Hudson Warehouse: Othello, directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Park, 6:30

Thursday, August 11
through
Sunday, August 14

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: The Merchant of Venice, the Drilling Company, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center, 114 Norfolk St., 8:00

Thursday, August 18
through
Sunday, August 21

Hudson Warehouse: Othello, directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Park, 6:30

Wednesday, August 31
SummerStage: Chicago the Musical: 20th Anniversary Concert, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 8:0

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