IN THE PARKING LOT
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.
9 TO 25:
"AS YOU LIKE IT," DIRECTED BY HAMILTON CLANCY
Steampunk "As You Like It" will be presented
July 9 to 26 in our new parking lot.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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
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)
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.
our font-page article in NY Metro)
17 TO AUGUST 2:
"ROMEO AND JULIET"
"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. More
SEPTEMBER 4 TO 20:
"THE TAMING OF THE SHREW"
Sometimes the battle of the sexes is not enough. The
Drilling Company reads turf wars and class consciousness into
its production of "The Taming of the Shrew," to be presented
for Bryant Park Shakespeare September 4 to 20, directed by Alessandro
Colla. In an intrepid adaptation, the popular comedy is transported
to a modern New England fishing village not unlike Martha's Vineyard,
where Katherina is a member of the yachting set and Petruchio
is a local fisherman. More info
|Evangeline Fontaine as Katherina, Alessandro
Colla as Petruchio. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
DO I GO TO BRYANT PARK SHAKESPEARE?
* ALL ADMISSION IS FREE.
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.
DRILLING COMPANY IS HAVING A SEASON
FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
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.
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, it is presenting
"As You Like It" July 9 to 26 and "Macbeth"
July 30 to August 15.
Bryant Park Shakespeare, it has performed "Two
Gentlemen of Verona" May 15 to 31 and "Romeo and Juliet,"
directed by Dave Marantz, July 17 to August 2. It will perform
"The Taming of the Shrew," directed by Alessandro Colla,
September 4 to 20.
Patrick Murphy as Proteus in "Two Gentlemen of Verona"
in Bryant Park. Photo by Rosalie Baijer.
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."