The Delacorte Theater transforms into an enchanted forest for Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, in a production starring Tony winners Phylicia Rashad, Annaleigh Ashford, and Danny Burstein.
When the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairytale fantasia that proves the course of true love never did run smooth. Lear deBessonet, Founder of The Public Theater’s Public Works program and Resident Director, brings her electric theatrical vision to the classic romance about the supernatural nature of love. Presented by the Public Theater for free outdoors in Central Park.
The Classical Theater of Harlem presents a new take on Alexandre Dumas' chivalrous swashbucklers in a free, outdoor production.... Read more
It’s all for one and one for all as D'Artagnan and the Musketeers fight to protect the ones they love from the revolting exploits of Cardinal Richelieu. A story of double crossings, kidnappings, and carefully guarded secrets, complete with lavish fights and sweeping romance, 'The Three Musketeers' reminds us that through strength, courage, and unity, we can always defend what we believe in.
The Tank presents an ongoing series that premieres 7 brand-new 10 minute plays by 7 different writers; includes a free beer with admission.... Read more
7 rules. 7 writers. 7 new plays. 1 free beer. Every other month. For each show, every playwright comes up with one rule, then the 7 playwrights create new plays using all 7 rules. Rules can be general (i.e. "Pants") or specific ("Page one must include a back-handed compliment followed by ten seconds of silence.") Each time you come to 'Rule Of', you'll see different plays with different rules by different writers. And you'll always get a beer on the house.
The Drilling Company presents a free outdoor production of the Bard's dark comedy reset in the South of France just before the fascist invasion of WWII. Part of the troupe's Shakespeare in the Parking Lot season.... Read more
Helena is the only daughter of a famous French physician. Although a gentlewoman, she is not nobility. For the man she loves, a count named Bertram, her rank is not enough. He rejects her but she follows him to the court of the King of France, who is ailing. Bearing her father's potions, she offers to cure the monarch on a gamble: If he dies, she will submit to execution, but if he lives, she can choose a husband from anyone in his court. She chooses Bertram, who is forced to marry her and does, but he flees immediately after the ceremony to Italy. The play offers side-splitting comedy in the self-serving machinations of Parolles, a disloyal associate of Bertram, and by a clown of Bertram's household. But its moments of levity are interlaced with gut-wrenching pathos, causing it to be labeled one of Shakespeare's "problem plays."
The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company presents a new take on the story of Julius Caesar, a modern-dress production subtitled 'An Anti-Violent Inspection of the Death Throes of Democracy.'... Read more
Julius Caesar enters Rome as a hero beloved by the populace. First he triumphed over the Gauls, then he conquered the army of the Roman general Pompey. When the senators see how the citizens react to him—and his refusal to be crowned king—they consider Caesar a threat to Rome. Senator Cassius in particular has serious misgivings about Caesar's ambitions. Disaster threatens the Republic, but the cure may be worse than the disease. The last great generation of the Roman Republic was full of legendary people. What lessons can we learn from them?
The New York Classical Theatre presents a free, outdoor production of Shakespeare's dark tragedy about a Scottish lord's lust for power.... Read more
Ambition goes unchecked by moral restraint and destruction befalls all but a lucky few. This classic story of the perils of ultimate power is fueled by the supernatural forces that haunt the castles and forests of early Scotland. In the New York Classical Theatre production, the audience follows the actors from place to place as the play moves from scene to scene. The show covers approximately three city blocks over two hours, so wear comfy shoes and clothes you can sit on the ground in.
Theater for the New City presents this free, outdoor musical about a young girl who is galvanized into a community activist.... Read more
The girl begins the story a naive Catholic School student in New York, but after being deemed a white elitist by her friends, she begins her journey towards becoming a feminist activist. With newly-opened eyes she witnesses forces of tyranny, prejudice, and hatred and learns how to struggle against them. 'Checks and Balances, Or Bottoms Up's' free performances will tour City streets, parks, and playgrounds throughout the five boroughs.
Hudson Warehouse presents the first installment of Susane Lee's four-play adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic swashbuckling adventure.... Read more
All performances are pay what you can, with a basket being passed at the end of each show.
Hudson Warehouse presents an outdoor production of Shakespeare's epic war drama about one of England's most legendary kings.... Read more
The horrors of war throughout time have changed little, and that is made apparent in this production of 'Henry V.' Led by a wartime correspondent as chorus, we watch as King Henry of England positions himself politically and embarks on a bloody military campaign in his quest to take what he believes is rightfully his: the crown of France. There the Dauphin, the Princess of France, prepares for battle. Part of Hudson Warehouse's 14th season presenting classics to the public in Riverside Park. Tickets are pay what you can.
The Drilling Company presents this free, outdoor production Shakespeare's history. This new staging has been set in modern times as a means of comparing the Wars of the Roses with our current political polarization.
The play, which is seldom done, lays bare the passions of the Medieval English war between York and Lancaster. This production will use this lens to explore the animosity between today's Republicans and Democrats on one hand and the tenacity of irreconcilable conflicts, including current civil and sectarian wars, on the other.
Part of the troupe's Shakespeare in the Parking Lot season.
The Public Theater presents this free, outdoor staging of this new musical adaptation of Shakepeare's comedy, an immersive dream-like tale of faithful friends, feuding families, and lovers in disguise.... Read more
Celebrating its fifth season, Public Works is the Public’s local and national initiative that invites diverse communities from across New York to join in creating ambitious works of participatory theater. Two hundred community members and professional actors will perform together on the Delacorte stage.
Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind, and niece Celia, escape to the Forest of Arden, a fantastical place of transformation, where all are welcomed and embraced. Lost amidst the trees, the refugees find community and acceptance under the stars. Fall under love’s spell in this magical story of chance encounters and self-discovery.
Harlem Repertory Theatre mounts a one-hour, family-friendly adaptation of the iconic 1939 MGM movie musical about a little girl from Kansas who journeys to the Land of Oz.
When Dorothy wakes up in a strange land filled with witches and wizards, and munchkins and monkeys, she's charmed but desperate to return home. She sets off on a quest to ask the Wizard for help and along the way befriends a scarecrow without a brain, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion. Journey down the yellow brick road while humming along to memorable songs from the Oscar-nominated film, including "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard," and "If I Only Had a Brain."