IN THE PARKING LOT
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.
2016 SEASON IN THE PARKING LOT
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
Drew Valins as Puck.
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.
28 TO AUGUST 14
"THE MERCHANT OF VENICE"
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
Bradley as Portia, David Marantz as Shylock, James Davies
as Antonio. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
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
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.
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.
Shows in the Parking Lot
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.
never turned anyone away and there's never a wait for tickets.
F to Delancey Street, M to Essex Street. MAP
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot
Drilling Company, producer of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot,
is now in its third summer of producing Shakespeare in Bryant
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.
2016 SEASON IN BRYANT PARK
Ado About Nothing" (May 19 to June 4)
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
| Andrew Gombas as Claudio, Anwen
Darcy as Beatrice. Photo by Remy.
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
|"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.
for Measure" (September 1 to 18)
Transformed to a battle of the sexes set in the South.
Shows in Bryant Park
DO I GO TO BRYANT PARK SHAKESPEARE?
Park is located on 6th Avenue at 42nd Street, in midtown Manhattan.
ALL ADMISSION IS FREE.
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.
Patrick Murphy as Proteus in "Two Gentlemen of Verona"
in Bryant Park, 2015. Photo by Rosalie Baijer.