THE PARKING LOT
HAPPENING IN OUR TWO VENUES
IN THE PARKING LOT
CONTINUES ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE
Drilling Company's Shakespeare in the Parking Lot has found a
new home in the Parking Lot behind The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural
and Educational Center (CSV), 114 Norfolk located on the east
side of Norfolk Street between Delancey and Rivington Streets,
just three blocks from the parking lot where the gritty cultural
attraction started in 1995.
| Amanda Dillard as Viola in "Twelfth
Night," 2014. Photo by Claire Taddei.
2014, after losing its space in the Municipal Parking lot at Ludlow
and Broome Streets, the company engaged in a nine-month search
for a new location to continue the 20 year tradition, presenting
free Shakespeare for a generation on the Lower East Side. The
annual two-play festival will now have a new home for its 21st
season and into the future.
year's productions will be "As You Like It,"
directed by Hamilton Clancy, July 9 to 26 and "Macbeth,"
director TBA, July 30 to August 15.
in the Parking Lot became a treasured urban tradition in two decades
of productions in the neighborhood known as the Seward Park Urban
Renewal Area, which is now giving way to Essex Crossing, a giant
mixed-used development. The city laid the groundwork for the megaproject
by demolishing the tenement homes of 1,800 Lower East Side families
51 years ago and the parking lot was the City's use for the vacant
idea is to continue free Shakespeare for the Lower East Side.
The concept of free Shakespeare in a parking lot, presented with
a "poor theater" aesthetic, is now widely imitated around
the US and around the world, with productions as far away as New
Director Hamilton Clancy writes, "The Drilling Company is
looking forward eagerly to establishing another island of adventure
and creativity in the shadow of CSV, which is, itself, a home
to much creative theater on the Lower East Side."
took the company nine months to find a new parking space for these
productions. Read about it an article last summer in the Wall
Street Journal online.
produced "Hamlet" in Bryant Park last summer, our company
has been invited back in 2015 for three mainstage shows and a
Bard's birthday bash:
In a free event, the Drilling Company's Shakespeare
in the Parking Lot players celebrated Shakespeare's birthday for
the second year in a row, featuring over thirty actors reciting
soliloquies all around Bryant Park, musical acts and various other
amusements. (more info, slideshow, video
by NY Daily News)
GENTLEMEN OF VERONA -- L-R: Lauriel Friedman (Lucetta),
Brian Patruck Murphy (Proteus), Kristin Piacentile (Silvia),
Eric Paterniani (Launce), Andrew Gombas (Valentine). Photo
by Rosalie Baijer
15 TO 31:
"TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA"
In Shakespeare's First Folio edition, "The Two Gentlemen
of Verona" opens with Valentine leaving Verona for Milan
to finish his education, leaving his friend Proteus at home to
woo Julia. The Drilling Company's version, which opens the second
season of Bryant Park Shakespeare, is set in NYC's Little Italy
and Shakespeare's two cities are transformed into two rival New
free Shakespeare production, directed by Hamilton Clancy, will
be offered from May 15 to 31 in Bryant Park, where 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 will be no waiting in line for tickets.
17 TO AUGUST 2:
"ROMEO AND JULIET"
by Dave Marantz
4 TO 20:
"THE TAMING OF THE SHREW"
by Alessandro Colla
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT
in the Parking Lot, presented by The
Drilling Company (Hamilton Clancy, Artistic Director), is a summer
New York institution offering free Shakespeare productions. It began
in a municipal parking lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets
in Manhattan's Lower East Side.
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.
estimate that since 1995, Shakespeare's plays have been presented there
for over 40,000 patrons.
can drive there but you might expect to pay the Muni-meter.
plays are presented in a working parking lot, so you can drive there
but you should expect to pay the Muni-meter.
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.
are available on a first come first serve basis, with audience members
often arriving early to secure a place. You are encouraged and welcome
to bring your own chair. Once seats are gone, blankets are spread out.
"We've never turned anyone away and there's never a wait for tickets!"
productions are typically intrepid, bare-boned and often gloriously
ingenious adaptations of the classics. For example, in 2010, Hamilton
Clancy staged "Julius Caesar" as a battle for control of an
urban school system, with women playing Brutus and Cassius.
2010 SEASON'S "JULIUS CAESAR"
Aquino and Hamilton Clancy in "Julius Caesar."
Photo by Lee Wexler/Images for Innovation.
of The Drilling Company are supported in part this season by a grant
from the Brad and Melissa Coolidge Foundation. Supporters also include
the Department for Cultural Affairs and the the New York State Council
on the Arts.
OUT OUR PHOTO ALBUM.
photos of current and past seasons are available here.
YEARS OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT
PRODUCTION CHRONOLOGY (IN FORMATION)
Season - 1995 - Expanded Arts
Midsummer Night's Dream
2nd Season - 1996 - Expanded Arts
3th Season - 1997 - Expanded Arts
4th Season - 1998 - Expanded Arts
Measure for Measure
5th Season - 1999 - Expanded Arts
6th Season - 2000 - Expanded Arts
Richard the Second
7th Season - 2001 - Ludlow Ten
Richard the Third
Merry Wives of Windsor
8th Season - 2002 - Ludlow Ten
Two Gentlemen of Verona, director Hamilton Clancy
9th Season- 2003 - Ludlow Ten
Hamlet, director Leonard McKenzie
10th Season - 2004 - Ludlow Ten
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, director Deloss Brown
11th Season- 2005 - Ludlow Ten
Measure for Measure, director Carole Mansley
Taming of the Shrew, director Leonard McKenzie
12th Season - 2006 - The Drilling Company
The Tempest, director Kathy Curtiss
As You Like It, director Jesus Ontiveros
13th Season - 2007 - The Drilling Company
Romeo and Juliet, director Tom Demenkoff
Much Ado About Nothing, director Kathy Curtiss
14th Season - 2008 - The Drilling Company
Twelfth Night, director Kathy Curtiss
Henry the Fifth, director Laura Strausfeld
15th Season- 2009 - The Drilling Company
Midsummer Night's Dream, director Kathy Curtiss
Measure for Measure, director Hamilton Clancy
16th Season - 2010 - The Drilling Company
Love's Labour's Lost, director Kathy Curtiss
Julius Caesar, director Hamilton Clancy
17th Season - 2011 - The Drilling Company
Comedy of Errors, director Kathy Curtiss
Hamlet, director Hamilton Clancy
18th Season - 2012 - The Drilling Company
Merry Wives of Windsor, director Hamilton Clancy
Coriolanus, director Hamilton Clancy
19th Season- 2013 - The Drilling Company
Cymbeline, director Hamilton Clancy
Richard the Third, director Hamilton Clancy
20th Season -2014 - The Drilling Company
Twelfth Night, director Hamilton Clancy
Othello, director Hamilton Clancy
the Lower East Side, Shakespeare Among the Camrys
by Nick Neyland
AND WRITEUPS OF SEASONS IN OUR RECENT PAST
| 2012 | 2011
BRYANT PARK 2014