The Drilling Company's
SHAKESPEARE IN
THE PARKING LOT
Always free. Never a wait for tickets.


WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR TWO VENUES

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT

The Drilling Company performs free outdoor Shakespeare in the Parking Lot behind The Clemente (Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center), located at 114 Norfolk Street (east side of Norfolk Street between Delancey and Rivington Streets), just three blocks from the municipal parking lot where the plucky New York cultural attraction started in 1995.


OUR 2016 SEASON IN THE PARKING LOT

JULY 7 TO 23
"MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM"
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" is a tale of love and enchantment that is simultaneously set in the woodland and in the realm of Fairyland, under the light of the moon. Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, ever fond of holding a mirror up to its own neighborhood, is adapting the story into a fable of the Lower East Side in the first production of its 2016 season. Kathy Curtiss directs.

Foreground: Drew Valins as Puck.

Curtiss sees Shakespeare’s “Dream” as a journey into the mysteries of the subsconscious mind, richly symbolic of the process of how we recognize who we are and whom we love. To reveal this in modern terms, she employs the "heightened" class system of the Lower East Side/East Village--stereotypes of some of the populations abounding there--to represent in modern terms the groups of characters in the play. MORE INFO

 

JULY 28 TO AUGUST 13
"THE MERCHANT OF VENICE"
One of Shakespeare's most problematic works makes its Shakespeare in the Parking Lot debut when Ezra Barnes directs "The Merchant of Venice." Renaissance motifs of masculine friendship and romantic love are portrayed in contrast to the bitter inhumanity of the moneylender Shylock, whose misfortunes--as a victim of blatant anti-Semitism--are presented so as to arouse understanding and sympathy.

L-R: Jane Bradley as Portia, David Marantz as Shylock, James Davies as Antonio. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

To emphasize the plays' modern relevance, a contemporary setting has been chosen. Venice is re-imagined as the modern Lower East Side, where Yuppie speculators and fast-track financial magnates live and work along side a wide variety of Jewish businessmen. Belmont, where Portia lives, is like the Upper East Side. MORE INFO


WHY A PARKING LOT?
"It is a tremendously accessible gathering place in the heart of the city. Like most companies that do Shakespeare we are following the spirit of Joseph Papp. But putting our own spin on it by placing it in a parking lot, making an urban wrinkle," says founding artistic director Hamilton Clancy. Shows are offered while the lot is in use. The action sometimes happens around a parked car which drives away during a performance. At such times, the players stop and the audience moves its chairs, pausing the performance the same way a show would stop for rain uptown in Central Park. It's all part of the fun.

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot was begun in 1995 by Expanded Arts under the artistic direction of Jennifer Spahr. When Ms. Spahr retired in 2000, an organization known as Ludlow Ten was formed under the direction of Leonard McKenzie. The Drilling Company began co-producing SITPL with Ludlow Ten in 2001. After Mr. McKenzie's retirement in 2005, The Drilling Company was asked to continue the great tradition of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. The attraction moved to its current location at 114 Norfolk Street in 2015.

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HOW DO I GO TO SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT?

* The Parking Lot is located at 114 Norfolk Street, between Rivington and Delancey Streets.
* Shows are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM and admission is FREE.
* Seats are available on a first come first served basis, with audience members often arriving early to secure a place. You are welcome to bring your own chair. Once seats are gone, blankets are spread out.
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We've never turned anyone away and there's never a wait for tickets.
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Subways: F to Delancey Street, M to Essex Street. MAP

 

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot

BRYANT PARK PRESENTS

The Drilling Company, producer of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, is now in its third summer of producing Shakespeare in Bryant Park.

The plays this season feature the greatest, funniest and noblest women of the canon—Beatrice, Rosalind and Isabella—singular characters who, with close connections to other women, master true love and overcome misogyny and sexual harassment.


OUR 2016 SEASON IN BRYANT PARK

"Much Ado About Nothing" (May 19 to June 4)
Thursdays at 9:00 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 PM.

This production sets "Much Ado About Nothing" in the Post World War I Suffragette movement. In the original play, the men have returned from a military campaign in Sicily with hearts bent on marriage. Here they are World War I vets. The women are Suffragettes and their zeal for new women's roles introduces a new level of complexity to the witty, agile, sometimes insulting repartee between the lovers that is the play's trademark. MORE INFO

Andrew Gombas as Claudio, Anwen Darcy as Beatrice. Photo by Remy.

READ OUR REVIEW IN NEW YORK TIMES
'Much Ado About Nothing" Prevails in Bryant Park
Critics' Pick
By Andy Webster, May 29, 2016

 

"As You Like It" with music by Natalie Smith (July 21 to 23)
The magical comedy is set in the classical Victorian era and everything becomes Steampunk when the scene shifts to the Forest of Arden. This production premiered in our parking lot last season. The New York Times wrote, "it’s easy to find magic here" and praised the leading performances as "wonderful by any standard." MORE INFO

"As You Like It,", directed by Hamilton Clancy. L-R: Jane Bradley (Rosalind) and Elaine Ivy Harris (Celia). Photo by Lee Wexler/Images for Innovation.



"Measure for Measure" (September 1 to 17)
Transformed to a battle of the sexes set in the South.

 

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HOW DO I GO TO BRYANT PARK SHAKESPEARE?

* Bryant Park is located on 6th Avenue at 42nd Street, in midtown Manhattan.
* ALL ADMISSION IS FREE.
* Show times to all three plays are Thursdays at 9:00 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 PM, most Sundays at 2:00 PM (check links here for Sunday schedules).
* Food kiosks serve affordable meals, capacious rest rooms are close at hand and seating on bistro chairs is guaranteed for everyone.
* Best of all, there is no waiting in line for tickets.
* Subways: B, D, F, or M to 42nd St./Bryant Park; 7 to 5th Ave. MAP

Bryant Park Shakespeare

 


Brian Patrick Murphy as Proteus in "Two Gentlemen of Verona" in Bryant Park, 2015. Photo by Rosalie Baijer.

 


A SAMPLING OF PRESS ARTICLES FROM PAST SEASONS

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT

New York Times, "An ‘As You Like It’ on Asphalt, From Shakespeare in the Parking Lot" by Ken Jaworowski July 15, 2015
The Villager, "Shakespeare in the Parking Lot drives on" by Sean Egan July 15, 2015
Wall Street Journal, "Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Finds a New Spot" by Pia Catton July 8, 2015
My Fox NY, "Shakespeare in the Parking Lot" by Lidia Curanaj July 9, 2015
"This Week in Shakespeare" interviews Hamilton Clancy August 5, 2013

BRYANT PARK SHAKESPEARE

Long Island Pulse, "Shakespeare at Twilight" by Rene´ Georg Gasicek June 27, 2015


CHECK OUT OUR PHOTO ALBUM.
Production photos of current and past seasons are available here.


OTHER PRESS:

Wall Street Journal:
On the Lower East Side, Shakespeare Among the Camrys

by Nick Neyland


PHOTOS AND WRITEUPS OF SEASONS IN OUR RECENT PAST

Parking Lot

2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

 

Bryant Park

2015 | 2014