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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 NOTHING, MERRY WIVES, RICHARD III, and HAMLET throughout May and June.
Dates, venues, time, and access information will be available on April 1. Sign up for Team Public to stay informed.
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 ERRORS will 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 30 as 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); Danaya Esperanza (Adriana); Rebecca Jimenez (Understudy); Keren Lugo (Luciana); Alan Mendez (Understudy); Sara Ornelas (Troubadour), Gían Pérez (Dromio); and Desireé Rodriguez (Courtesan, Emilia).
An initial tour schedule follows below, with additional details, dates, and casting to be announced on April 1.
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS Initial Tour Schedule:
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.
Additional details and dates to be announced on April 1.
All screenings are free and open to the public:
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 20 – Washington Square Park (Manhattan)
August 29 – Baisley Park (Queens)
September 6 – Loreto Park (Bronx)
Free Shakespeare @ Home
Free streaming of THIRTEEN'S Great Performances on PBS
This summer have free access to stream encore Free Shakespeare in the Park productions at home and the premiere of 2023’s HAMLET.
In addition to HAMLET, throughout the months of May and June, viewers will have access to the 2019 production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, 2021’s MERRY WIVES, and 2022’s RICHARD III.
Details about how to access FREE SHAKESPEARE @ HOME will be available on April 1.
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!