New York Classical Theatre begins its summer season of free alfresco theater with Richard Brinsley Sheridan's bawdy 1775 comedy, whose gifts to the world include the word malaprop (named after a deliciously error-prone character). The production, directed by NYCT founder Stephen Burdman, plays for a month in Central Park (enter at 103rd St and Central Park West), then spends a week apiece at two other locations.
The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's wide-flung free celebration has many exciting offerings in 2017. Participating artists include En Garde Arts, Netta Yerushalmy, Jodi Melnick, John Monti, Beth Gill, Faye Driscoll, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Maria Hassabi, Kamau Ware, Kameelah Janan Rasheed and the Dance Cartel. Also on the lineup is A Marvelous Order (June 15, 17–18), an original opera about the clash between city planner Robert Moses and activist Jane Jacobs.
In its eighth season of summer Shakespeare, Smith Street Stage sets up camp at Carroll Park with Shakespeare’s history play, in which a malicious hunchback clambers to power on the corpses of his family and friends. Jonathan Hopkins directs a gender- and race-neutral production.
Welcome the weekend in style at this series of free Friday-evening shows in Bryant Park. Two shows are devoted to ballet, curated by Donna Salgado: June 16 (David Fernandez's Some Dance Company, Gabrielle Lamb's Pigeonwing Dance, Da' Von Doane & Artists of the Shift, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance and Bennyroyce Dance) and June 30 (the Ashley Bouder Project, Continuum Contemporary/Ballet, Island Moving Company and Thomas/Ortiz Dance). Three others are devoted to modern dance, curated by Tiffany Rea-Fisher: June 23 (HopeBoykinDance, KineticArchitecture Dance, Bryn Cohn + Artists and LaGuardia Dance Ensemble); July 7 (Limón Dance Company, the Moving Architects, Black Boys Dance Too and Harlem School of the Arts Dance Ensemble and Junior Dance Ensemble); and July 14 (Kate Weare Company, Now Dance, Monteleone Dance and Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts Dance).
Hudson Warehouse begins its 14th season of free oudoor classical theater with its first stab at French farce: Pierre de Marivaux's 1732 comedy about a cross-dressing Spartan princess who wreaks romantic havoc. Emily Rose Parman directs a translation by Stephen Wadsworth.
Hudson Warehouse reprises its 2013 production of Alexandre Dumas's swashbuckling 1844 novel, adapted by Susane Lee and directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith. The play is the first installment of the Dumas Adventures, a four-year project that is slated to include future productions of The Man in The Iron Mask and The Count of Monte Cristo.
Dancer, choreographer and designer Peterson examines the experience of failure through a mixture of dance (performed by her and three others) and sculptural art. Presented in development in 2012, the piece has been expanded to reflect the aftermath of the 2016 election.