Free outdoor theater in NYC
Hudson Warehouse presents Alexandre Dumas's tale of a French prisoner whose identity was concealed for decades. Adapted by Susane Lee and directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith, the play is the third installment of the D'Artagnan Romances, a four-year project that has already presented two pieces about the Three Musketeers and is slated to include a future production of The Count of Monte Cristo.
A proud Theban king goes to pieces after snubbing the Greek god Dionysus and his pack of wild women in Bryan Doerries's adaptation of Euripides' ripping tragedy. Carl Cofield directs Classical Theatre of Harlem's free alfresco production at Marcus Garvey Park, starring Jason C. Brown as the vengeful diety and featuring choreography by Elisa Monte Dance's Tiffany Rea-Fisher.
The Drilling Company's Shakespeare in the Parking Lot returns for a 25th season of classical theater on the Lower East Side. Lukas Raphael directs the Bard's cautionary tale of ardent young lovers ground up in the gears of a family feud.
The second play in Shakespeare in the Park's 2019 season is this rarely performed tragedy, in which the hoi polloi of Rome turn against an arrogant war hero (and lifelong mama's boy) when he refuses to show off his scars. The reliably insightful Daniel Sullivan directs the production; the cast includes Jonathan Cake, Kate Burton, Louis Cancelmi, Jonathan Hadary, Teagle F. Bougere, Amelia Workman and Enid Graham.
Hip to Hip Theatre Company moves from park to park with this staging of Shakespeare's perennially popular farce about ass heads and fairy tail, directed by S.C. Lucier and presented in rep with the company's take on Richard III. The production roams through multiple boroughs but never plays the same spot twice in a row, so consult Hip to Hip's website for details.
Jason Marr plays the title character in Shakespeare’s Tudor-friendly history play, which imagines the final Plantagenet king as a malicious hunchback who clambers to power on the corpses of his family and friends. Directed by David Frederick Mold for the peripatetic Hip to Hip Theatre Company, the show is presented in rep with the company's A Midsummer Night's Dream in parks in all five boroughs and beyond; visit Hip to Hip's website for details.s.
Hudson Warehouse wraps up its 2019 season with an outdoor production of Shakespeare's minor farce, which plucks Falstaff from the Henry IV plays and plunks him down in a ribald comedy. Director Nicholas Martin-Smith updates the setting to a Borscht Belt resort hotel in the 1960s.
The Drilling Company wraps up its 2019 Bryant Park season with an account of the Bard's fast-paced tragedy of jealousy and misplaced trust, in which a villain preys on the insecurities of a Moorish war hero married to a white woman.