Free Summer Theater in NYC (2017 Edition)


Catch Shakespeare plays and much more outdoors without spending a penny.

Tony Award winner Kenny Leon directs an all-black staging of Shakespeare’s cherished comedy of romantic retribution and miscommunication for The Public's free, outdoor summer season.

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In this modern production, we find the community of Messina celebrating a break from an ongoing war. But not all is peaceful amid the revelry, as old rivals engage in a battle of wits, unexpected foes plot revenge, and young lovers are caught in a tumultuous courtship – until love proves the ultimate trickster, and undoes them all.

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Theater of War presents a free, encore staging of their project, which fuses a dramatic reading from Sophocles’ tragedy with live choral music sung by a chorus of activists, police officers, and youth from Ferguson and NYC.

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"Antigone in Ferguson" was conceived in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in 2014, through a collaboration between Theater of War Productions and community members from Ferguson, MO. The performance is the catalyst for panel and audience-driven discussions on race and social justice, the core component of the event. This multifaceted production will offer a glimpse not only into the effects of the tragedy in Brown’s local community, but also the trauma of police violence and racial injustice in communities of color in New York and across the nation.

Tickets: Tickets are FREE but RSVP is encouraged. For inquiries, please contact (917) 426-3233 or 

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Shakespeare's history is reimagined in a post-civilization U.S.A., in which the ingrained forces of patriarchal power are challenged by a new, vibrant resistance, in this free, outdoor production. 

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Through the struggles of their fearless and charismatic leader, King Harry, the play explores the many obstacles to true revolutionary change, and the courage necessary to overcome them.