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Go Public!

GO PUBLIC!
A FESTIVAL OF FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK

The Delacorte Theater, our beloved home of Free Shakespeare in the Park, is under construction and undergoing a much-needed revitalization until 2025. So, this summer, we're celebrating all things Free Shakespeare in the Park by bringing the show to you in your community and at home.

Beginning in May, Mobile Unit’s delightful production of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, a bilingual musical adaptation featuring contemporary rhythms from across Latin America, will return to parks and plazas, bringing joy and mayhem to all five boroughs. The festival continues with free screenings of THIRTEEN'S Great Performances on PBS capture of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Heralded as a “delicious production of a great Shakespearean comedy” by The New York Times, this free movie night will light up screens in parks from the Bronx to Staten Island. You can even bring the festivities home, with free, on demand streaming of THIRTEEN'S Great Performances on PBS captures of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHINGMERRY WIVESRICHARD III, and HAMLET throughout May and June.

GO PUBLIC!

Mobile Unit's The Comedy of Errors

Mobile Unit's
Bilingual Musical Adaptation of 
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS 
By William Shakespeare 
Adaptation by Rebecca Martínez  and Julián Mesri 
Music, Music Direction, and Spanish Translations by Julián Mesri 
Lyrics by Julián Mesri and Rebecca Martínez 
Directed by Rebecca Martínez 

Free tour to all five boroughs
May 28 – June 30, 2024

THE COMEDY OF ERRORSwill be performed in English and Spanish at outdoor sites in collaboration with The New York Public Library and Bryant Park and as part of the “Backyard at Hudson Yards presented by Wells Fargo” series at Hudson Yards. The Mobile Unit will also pop up at public plazas and parks across the five boroughs in partnership with NYC Parks as well as other key Public Theater partners. Performances begin Tuesday, May 28 and continue through Sunday, June 30as part of The Public’s commitment to bringing free theater to all and deepening its engagement with communities around NYC. 

The initial cast for THE COMEDY OF ERRORS includes Varín Ayala (Egeon, Pinch); Jacinta Clusellas (Music Director/Guitarist); Danaya Esperanza (Adriana); Rebecca Jimenez (Understudy); Keren Lugo (Luciana); Alan Mendez (Understudy); Sara Ornelas (Troubadour), Gían Pérez (Dromio); and Desireé Rodriguez (Courtesan, Emilia).

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS Tour Schedule:

  • May 28 - June 2: The New York Public Library at Bryant Park (Manhattan); enter at 5th Ave and 40th Street, just south of the main entrance of the NYPL - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    • Please note, Partner seating is limited on May 29
  • June 4: Wolfe's Pond at 420 Cornelia Ave (Staten Island)
  • June 5: J. Hood Wright Park at 351 Fort Washington Ave (Manhattan)
  • June 6 - June 9, June 13 - June 14, June 20 - June 21: Hudson Yards at Public Square & Gardens (Manhattan)
    • Please note, Partner seating is limited on June 20
  • June 11: Roy Wilkins at Baisley Blvd (Queens)
  • June 12, June 15: A.R.R.O.W Field House at 35-30 35th St (Queens)
  • June 16: Cathedral at St. John the Divine at 1047 Amsterdam Ave (Manhattan)
  • June 18: Sunset Park at 44th & 6th Ave (Brooklyn)
  • June 19: Travers Park at 78th St & 34th Ave (Queens)
  • June 22: Maria Hernandez Park at Irving Ave & Suydam St (Brooklyn)
  • June 23: Astor Place at Lafayette St and East 8th St (Manhattan)
  • June 25 - June 26: Gil Scott-Heron Amphitheater in St. Mary's Park (Bronx)
  • June 27 - June 29: Prospect Park at The Peninsula, Well House Dr (Brooklyn)
  • June 30: Cathedral at St. John the Divine at 1047 Amsterdam Ave (Manhattan)

Movie in the Parks

Free Outdoor Screenings of THIRTEEN’S Great Performances on PBS capture of 2019’s
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING  
Directed by Kenny Leon 

Throughout June, July, and August, in partnership with NYC Parks’ and The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment’s Movies Under the Stars program, and The WNET Group, we'll offer free screenings of THIRTEEN’s Great Performances on PBS Shakespeare in the Park performance of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING in several parks across all five boroughs. These events will be free for all to attend.

All screenings are free and open to the public:

  • June 29 – Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
  • July 11 – J. Hood Wright Park (Manhattan) 
  • July 17 – McCarren Park (Brooklyn)  
  • July 24 – Brooklyn War Memorial (Brooklyn) 
  • August 2 – Faber Park (Staten Island)
  • August 3 – Flushing Meadows Park (Queens)
  • August 12 – Central Park, Frisbee Hill (Manhattan)
  • August 20 – Washington Square Park (Manhattan)  
  • August 29 – Baisley Park (Queens) 
  • September 6 – Bronx Park (Bronx) 

Free Shakespeare @ Home

Free Shakespeare @ Home
On Demand Streaming of Free Shakespeare in the Park productions.

This summer, throughout May and June everyone will have free access to stream The Public’s Free Shakespeare in the Park productions of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (2019), MERRY WIVES (2021), RICHARD III (2022), and the premiere of HAMLET (2023), captured live from The Delacorte Theater in Central Park by THIRTEEN for Great Performances on PBS.

Streaming Schedule:


Public Theater Block Party

Save the Date Sunday, July 28 for a Public Theater Summer Block Party on Astor Place. Join us in the afternoon on Lafayette and Astor Place as we celebrate the community, The Public, and Free Shakespeare with live performances, activities, and giveaways.


PUBLIC POPS UP!

As an expansion of MOVIE IN PARKS, on select dates, PUBLIC POPS UP! creates a day of festivities that culminates in the movie screening at dusk! 

Dates and details:

  • June 29 - The Peninsula in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)

At 5:30PM, join us for Mobile Unit’s Bilingual Musical Adaptation of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS. After the performance, attendees can enjoy food trucks, activities, and live music by composer and songwriter Michael Thurber before a sunset screening of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at dusk.

  • August 3 - Queens Night Market (Queens)

Starting at 4:00PM, explore the world-famous Queens Night Market in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The family-friendly open-air night market boasts up to 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food. This particular evening will feature a performance by the Gentleman Brawlers and other performance artists. The evening will conclude with a screening of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at dusk.

  • August 12 - Central Park, Frisbee Hill (Manhattan)

On Monday, August 12 from 6:00–7:30PM, Public Works will present LET'S HEAR IT FOR NEW YORK! An Unforgettable Dance Experience, a participatory community-led dance piece to Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind". Following the initiative, there will be a screening of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at dusk as a part of Central Park Conservancy's 2024 Film Festival, sponsored by National Geographic Partners, LLC.


Public Works' Let's Hear it for New York!

As a part of PUBLIC POPS UP! this summer, Public Works will be hosting a participatory dance piece set to Alicia Keys’ seminal classic “Empire State of Mind” from the Original Cast Recording of the Broadway musical HELL’S KITCHEN, which originated at The Public in the fall of 2023. The city-wide initiative will be choreographed by HELL’S KITCHEN’s four-time Tony-nominated director/choreographer Camille A. Brown and her initiative Every Body Move, directed by Public Works’ Laurie Woolery, will be the ultimate celebration of New York, bringing together folks of many ages and abilities. The experience will culminate in a performance both by and for New Yorkers on Monday, August 12 at 6:00PM. Following the initiative, there will be a screening of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at dusk as a part of Central Park Conservancy's 2024 Film Festival, sponsored by National Geographic Partners, LLC.


JOIN IN TODAY.

Join in as a Troy Supporter Plus with a gift of $300 or more. You'll gain access to reserved areas at select free outdoor screenings, plus more benefits throughout the summer. However, the greatest benefit is knowing that you're supporting access to Free Shakespeare for all New Yorkers, both in their communities and homes. Join today!

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