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 21 years ago.
2016 SEASON IN THE PARKING LOT
7 TO 24
"MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM"
This production launches our second season in
its current location at 114 Norfolk Street. In the five Shakespeare
plays we are producing this summer, all have powerful women and
powerful female friendships that are catalysts for the action.
In "Midsummer Night's Dream," it's Hermia and Helena
-- famous female friends and adversaries, who are both ruled by
Titania. Stay tumed for what develops! Cathy Curtiss directs.
28 TO AUGUST 14
"THE MERCHANT OF VENICE"
season's theme of spotlighting powerful women in Shakespeare's
plays, watch what we do with the characters of Portia
and Jessica in "The Merchant of Venice."
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.
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
2015 -- Dan Teachout as the title character, with witches
(L-R: Gracie Winchester, Kineta Kunutu, Llewie Nuñez).
Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
Drilling Company, producer of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot,
is looking forward to its third season as producer of Shakespeare
in Bryant Park.
HONORING SHAKESPEARE'S 452nd BIRTHDAY AND 400th ANNIVERSARY OF
The date of Shakespeare's death is a mystery, but it
is commonly estimated to be April 23, based on the date of his
funeral, April 25, 1616. His birth is thought to be the same date,
based on his baptism record of April 26, 1564. We'll be commemorating
the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death together with is
452nd birthday. From 12:30 to 2:00, there will be a Shakespeare
Flash Mob, a Word Wall, Shakespeare songs by Natalie Smith and
Band, and individual performances by company members all around
Bryant Park. A Shakespeare Jukebox will be staged from 3:00 PM
to 5:00 at NY Public Library. In the evening, the company will
celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death with a Shakespeare
Jazz Funeral at 6:30 and "Deaths of Shakespeare" from
6:45 PM to 8:00 PM. MORE
SEASON - FULL LENGTH PLAYS
2016, we will present three of William Shakespeare’s most
Ado About Nothing" (May 19 to June 4)
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
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."
for Measure" (September 1 to 18)
A battle of the sexes set in the South.
plays 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.
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. Photo by Rosalie Baijer.