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's Shakespeare in the Parking Lot has found a new home 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.

JULY 9 TO 26:
"AS YOU LIKE IT," DIRECTED BY HAMILTON CLANCY

A Steampunk "As You Like It" will be presented July 9 to 26 in our new parking lot.

"As You Like It," one of Shakespeare's most beloves romantic comedies, follows a cast of mismatched lovers to the Forest of Arden. In this refuge for those driven out of society, everybody gets lessons in love. The action is fierce in the first half: murders are attempted, ribs are cracked in wrestling matches, a brother is disowned, a niece is exiled and loyalties are sorely tested. For those who end up in the Forest of Arden during the second half, the perils are chiefly falling in love or being outwitted by wit.

The play introduces some of Shakespeare's most memorable characters, notably the sharp-tongued, ever-jaded Jacques. Each major character represents a quality of love: familial love is personified by Rosalind and Celia, brotherly love by the Dukes, Orlando and Oliver, the blind love of devotion by Silvius, the love of service by Adam and Corin, the love of self by Jacques and the love of lust by Touchstone.

In keeping with the play's magical spirit, director Hamilton Clancy is adapting this "As You Like It" into the classical Victorian era. Everything becomes Steampunk when the scene shifts to the Forest of Arden. MORE INFO

JULY 30 TO AUGUST 15:
"MACBETH," DIRECTED BY JESSE ONTIVEROS

Macbeth (Dan Teachout) and witches (L-R: Gracie Winchester, Kineta Kunutu, Llewie Nuñez). Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

Macbeth and Banquo reminded director Jesse Ontiveros of Fidel and Che, and that was the genesis for his idea to set "Macbeth" in a banana republic. The play is about power and this production seeks perspective on its eternal themes from the political history of Latino cultures.

Ontiveros says, "The idea is of soldiers, one of whom comes into power but doesn't know how to rule, only how to behave like a soldier. He lives by the rule of 'if not war, then at least death.' So he makes the earth bleed."

Ontiveros' production will also include a Hecate, the senior witch, whose part is is excised in many productions. So there will be four witches representing evil. The three novices, impetuous, jump the gun on Hecate's idea of infiltrating the Macbeth household. It's a playful nuance and a commentary on people who are eager to go to war, lacking the maturity to see its complexity. That, says director Ontiveros, can happen to any one of us.

The set will utilize aspects of the parking lot: a withered, viney tree that is embedded in a fence and a large wall with graffiti. Together they suggest if not a tropical jungle, then at least an urban jungle. MORE INFO

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 SHAKESPEARE

Having 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:

APRIL 23:
SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
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)

MAY 15 TO 31:
"TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA"
This adaptation was set in NYC's Little Italy and Shakespeare's two cities were transformed into two rival New York restaurants.
(See our font-page article in NY Metro)

JULY 17 TO AUGUST 2:
"ROMEO AND JULIET"
Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" exquisitely pleads for similar and neighboring peoples to stop killing each other for reasons they no longer remember. In The Drilling Company's production for Bryant Park Shakespeare, the play will be set in a modern city which is divided by wealth and class. Directed by David Marantz, it aims to send a clear message about the violence that can result from social division and corporate greed.

Ivory Aquino as Juliet and Andrew Gombas as Romeo. Photo by Maia Sacca-Schaeffer.

For this production, the performing area is on the Bryant Park Stage, which is across the park from the Upper Terrace Steps, at the Fountain Terrace near Sixth Avenue, with audience on the gravel and lawn. MORE INFO


SEPTEMBER 4 TO 20:
"THE TAMING OF THE SHREW"
Directed by Alessandro Colla


HOW DO I GO TO BRYANT PARK SHAKESPEARE?

* ALL ADMISSION IS FREE.
* Show times to all three plays are Fri and Sat at 6:30 PM, Sun at 2:00 PM.
* 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



THE DRILLING COMPANY IS HAVING A SEASON
FOR THE RECORD BOOKS

No other cultural organization has ever offered five free mainstage Shakespeare productions in one season, but this is exactly what The Drilling Company is doing this year. (Ironically, a Shakespeare play has five acts.) As the producer of both Shakespeare in the Parking Lot and Bryant Park Shakespeare, it is offering two productions Downtown and three in Midtown.

For Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, it is presenting "As You Like It" July 9 to 26 and "Macbeth" July 30 to August 15.

For Bryant Park Shakespeare, it has performed "Two Gentlemen of Verona" May 15 to 31 and will perform "Romeo and Juliet," directed by Dave Marantz, July 17 to August 2 and "The Taming of the Shrew," directed by Alessandro Colla, September 4 to 20.

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

Artistic Director Hamilton Clancy says, "This year, we have received a tremendous opportunity to expand the optreach of the Shakespeare we are presenting. The two venues have very different audiences, and we are building bridges between these audiences."


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Production photos of current and past seasons are available here.


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

by Nick Neyland


PHOTOS AND WRITEUPS OF SEASONS IN OUR RECENT PAST

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