Free outdoor theater in NYC
The Drilling Company begins its sixth season at Bryant Park with a gender-shifted accoount of Shakespeare's wordy tragedy, where a ghost and a prince meet and everyone ends in mincemeat. Karla Hendrick directs a cast led by Jane Bradley as the mopey Dane.
Kenny Leon directs an African-American cast in Shakespeare in the Park's first 2019 offering: a modern-dress account of the Bard's tart-tongued rom-com about two too-witty longtime enemies whose friends plot to get them together. Grantham Coleman and Danielle Brooks portray the squabbling main couple;.
New York Classical Theatre mounts a free alfresco production of Oscar Wilde's dazzlingly epigrammatic upper-class farce, directed by Stephen Burdman. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the production features conventional casting; on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, the entire cast switches roles to play characters of the other gender.
Black Henna Productions, in association with Theatre Beyond Broadway, moves among several NYC parks with a 90-minute adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy about revenge and procrastination. This version, which stars Ian McDonald in the title role, emphasizes the story's Viking roots by moving the action back 500 years to the 10th century.
Hudson Warehouse begins its 2019 summer season at Riverside Park with a new account of Shakespeare's intercultural romantic tragedy, featuring Ben Farmer and Emily Sarah Cohn in the title roles. George K. Wells directs a production that merges modern and ancient elements.
In its 10th year of free theater in Carroll Park, Smith Street Stage presents Shakespeare's family-feud tragedy, in which rebellious teens have sex and score drugs from a local priest. Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy directs this modern-dress account.
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; casting has not yet been announced.
Torn Out Theater, colloquially known as Naked Shakespeare in the Park, specializes in nude productions of the classics, presented in the open air and free of charge. This summer it returns to Prospect Park with a collection of scenes from its previous three shows—Hamlet, The Tempest and The Rover—as well as selections from other works.
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.