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



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. This is our 23rd season!


OUR 2017 PRODUCTIONS

 

ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
Directed by Karla Hendrick
July 6 - July 22

With
Anwen Darcy, Una Clancy, Michael Bernstein, Michael Gnat*, Elaine Ivy Harris, Elowyn Castle*, Adam Huff*, Mary Linehan*, Eric Paterniani, Jarrod Bates, David Sitler*, Gabriela Montalvo

Assistant Director: Andrew Gombas
Stage Managers: Em Hornbeck and Joseph Treimanis
Costume Design: Grace Whittemore
Assistant Stage Manager: Rachel Jeffries
Sound Design: Andrew Keenan
Graphic Design: Phillip DeVita
Photographer: Lee Wexler

MORE INFO

Anwen Darcy as Helena. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

 



HENRY THE SIXTH PART THREE
directed by Hamilton Clancy
July 27 - August 12

with
Bill Green, Lee Seymour*, Joe Clancy, Alessandro Colla, Kyle Maxwell, Evangeline Fontaine, Skyler Gallun, Ben Peterson

Assistant Director: Maggie Goldberg
Stage Managers: Em Hornbeck & Joe Treimanis
Assistant Stage Manager: Rachel Jefferies
Production Design: Grace Whittemore
Sound Design: Andre Keenan
Graphic Design: Phillip DeVita
Photographer: Lee Wexler

 


 

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.

for Shows in the Parking Lot


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 7:00 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

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


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

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

 

Our other venue: Bryant Park

2016 | 2015 | 2014