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Free Summer Theater

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Broadway isn't the only place to experience great theater this summer! Throughout the season, free plays ranging from Shakespearian classics to new works by emerging playwrights are being staged in parks throughout the city. Get your dose of culture on a budget and let nature set the scene.

Free Summer Theater Events

Friday, August 1, 2014

Aug 1

Hudson Warehouse presents The Winter's Tale

at Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
eontes, the King of Sicily, believes his pregnant wife is carrying his best friend’s love child.
Free!

Aug 1

Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros

at The Peninsula (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan

7:30 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Ionesco's absurdist comic, masterpiece. Do we join the masses or do we remain ourselves, alone?
Free!

Aug 1

SummerStage Presents: Urban Theatre Movement's Handball By Seth Zvi Rosenfeld Directed By Brenda Banda

at The Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Urban Theatre Movement's Handball, written by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and directed by Brenda Banda delivers an explosive take on gentrification in New York City.
Free!

Aug 1

Shakespeare in the Park: King Lear

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy Much Ado…
Free!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Aug 2

Hudson Warehouse presents The Winter's Tale

at Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
eontes, the King of Sicily, believes his pregnant wife is carrying his best friend’s love child.
Free!

Aug 2

Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros

at The Peninsula (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan

7:30 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Ionesco's absurdist comic, masterpiece. Do we join the masses or do we remain ourselves, alone?
Free!

Aug 2

SummerStage Presents: Urban Theatre Movement's Handball By Seth Zvi Rosenfeld Directed By Brenda Banda

at The Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Urban Theatre Movement's Handball, written by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and directed by Brenda Banda delivers an explosive take on gentrification in New York City.
Free!

Aug 2

Shakespeare in the Park: King Lear

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy Much Ado…
Free!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Aug 3

Hudson Warehouse presents The Winter's Tale

at Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
eontes, the King of Sicily, believes his pregnant wife is carrying his best friend’s love child.
Free!

Aug 3

Shakespeare in the Park: King Lear

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy Much Ado…
Free!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Aug 5

SummerStage Presents: Urban Theatre Movement's Handball By Seth Zvi Rosenfeld Directed By Brenda Banda

at The Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Urban Theatre Movement's Handball, written by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and directed by Brenda Banda delivers an explosive take on gentrification in New York City.
Free!

Aug 5

Shakespeare in the Park: King Lear

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy Much Ado…
Free!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Aug 6

Jack & The Beanstalk

at Elton Street and Jamaica Avenue (in Highland Park) , Queens

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Jack is looking for adventure, but what he gets is more than he bargained for.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 6

Shakespeare in Flushing Meadows Corona Park: Two Gentlemen of Verona

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
A slapstick comedy about love, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness…and a dog. Young Proteus only has eyes for his hometown sweetheart, until he lays eyes on his best friend’s sweetheart.
Free!

Aug 6

SummerStage Presents: Urban Theatre Movement's Handball By Seth Zvi Rosenfeld Directed By Brenda Banda

at The Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Urban Theatre Movement's Handball, written by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and directed by Brenda Banda delivers an explosive take on gentrification in New York City.
Free!

Aug 6

Shakespeare in the Park: King Lear

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy Much Ado…
Free!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Aug 7

Broadway in Bryant Park: Jersey Boys, Heathers, 50 Shades! The Musical, Cabaret

at Bryant Park Lawn (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
The best of musicals on and off Broadway showcase their hits, plus lots of surprises from other Broadway shows. Today's music will come from the musicals Jersey Boys & more.
Free!

Aug 7

Hudson Warehouse presents The Winter's Tale

at Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
eontes, the King of Sicily, believes his pregnant wife is carrying his best friend’s love child.
Free!

Aug 7

Shakespeare's "Cymbeline"

at 35th Avenue and Cross Island Parkway (in Crocheron Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

7:30 p.m.9:00 p.m.
The Hip to Hip Theatre Company will present a fantastic action-adventure story that combines tragedy, comedy and romance.
Free!

Aug 7

SummerStage Presents: Urban Theatre Movement's Handball By Seth Zvi Rosenfeld Directed By Brenda Banda

at The Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Urban Theatre Movement's Handball, written by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and directed by Brenda Banda delivers an explosive take on gentrification in New York City.
Free!

Aug 7

Shakespeare in the Park: King Lear

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy Much Ado…
Free!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Aug 8

Hudson Warehouse presents The Winter's Tale

at Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
eontes, the King of Sicily, believes his pregnant wife is carrying his best friend’s love child.
Free!

Aug 8

SummerStage Presents: Urban Theatre Movement's Handball By Seth Zvi Rosenfeld Directed By Brenda Banda

at The Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Urban Theatre Movement's Handball, written by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and directed by Brenda Banda delivers an explosive take on gentrification in New York City.
Free!

Aug 8

Shakespeare in the Park: King Lear

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy Much Ado…
Free!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Aug 9

Hudson Warehouse presents The Winter's Tale

at Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
eontes, the King of Sicily, believes his pregnant wife is carrying his best friend’s love child.
Free!

Aug 9

SummerStage Presents: Urban Theatre Movement's Handball By Seth Zvi Rosenfeld Directed By Brenda Banda

at The Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Urban Theatre Movement's Handball, written by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and directed by Brenda Banda delivers an explosive take on gentrification in New York City.
Free!

Aug 9

Shakespeare in the Park: King Lear

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy Much Ado…
Free!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Aug 10

Hudson Warehouse presents The Winter's Tale

at Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
eontes, the King of Sicily, believes his pregnant wife is carrying his best friend’s love child.
Free!

Aug 10

Shakespeare in the Park: King Lear

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy Much Ado…
Free!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Aug 11

SummerStage Presents: Urban Theatre Movement's Handball By Seth Zvi Rosenfeld Directed By Brenda Banda

at Rumsey Playfield (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.
Urban Theatre Movement's Handball, written by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and directed by Brenda Banda delivers an explosive take on gentrification in New York City.
Free!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Aug 12

Shakespeare in the Park: King Lear

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy Much Ado…
Free!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Aug 13

The Magic and Comedy of Jim McClenahan

at Buz O' Rourke Playground (in Crocheron Park) , Queens

10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Come out and enjoy the zany comedy magic show that will bring giggles for both children and adults.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 13

SummerStage Presents: The New York Neo-Futurists Present Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind

at East River Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
The New York Neo-Futurists are an ensemble of dynamic writer/director/performers who are best known for their critically acclaimed show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.
Free!

Aug 13

Shakespeare in the Park: King Lear

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy Much Ado…
Free!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Aug 14

Broadway in Bryant Park: Matilda, On the Town, Mamma Mia!, MOTOWN the Musical

at Bryant Park Lawn (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
The best of musicals on and off Broadway showcase their hits, plus lots of surprises from other Broadway shows. Hosted by 106.7 LiteFM DJs. Keep checking our Events Calendar…
Free!

Aug 14

Hudson Warehouse presents The Winter's Tale

at Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
eontes, the King of Sicily, believes his pregnant wife is carrying his best friend’s love child.
Free!

Aug 14

Bryant Park Shakespeare: Love's Labor's Lost

at Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
A king and friends swear an oath to renounce women, but a princess and companions put that plan to the test.
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug 14

Shakespeare In The Park: Cymbeline

at Main Park House (in Cunningham Park) , Queens

7:30 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Cymbeline
Free!

Aug 14

SummerStage Presents: The New York Neo-Futurists Present Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind

at East River Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
The New York Neo-Futurists are an ensemble of dynamic writer/director/performers who are best known for their critically acclaimed show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.
Free!

Aug 14

Shakespeare in the Park: King Lear

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy Much Ado…
Free!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Aug 15

Puppets in the Park

at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Come enjoy this adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 15

Hudson Warehouse presents The Winter's Tale

at Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
eontes, the King of Sicily, believes his pregnant wife is carrying his best friend’s love child.
Free!

Aug 15

Bryant Park Shakespeare: Love's Labor's Lost

at Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
A king and friends swear an oath to renounce women, but a princess and companions put that plan to the test.
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug 15

SummerStage Presents: The New York Neo-Futurists Present Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind

at East River Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
The New York Neo-Futurists are an ensemble of dynamic writer/director/performers who are best known for their critically acclaimed show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.
Free!

Aug 15

Shakespeare in the Park: King Lear

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy Much Ado…
Free!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Aug 16

Hudson Warehouse presents The Winter's Tale

at Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
eontes, the King of Sicily, believes his pregnant wife is carrying his best friend’s love child.
Free!

Aug 16

Bryant Park Shakespeare: Love's Labor's Lost

at Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
A king and friends swear an oath to renounce women, but a princess and companions put that plan to the test.
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug 16

SummerStage Presents: The New York Neo-Futurists Present Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind

at East River Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
The New York Neo-Futurists are an ensemble of dynamic writer/director/performers who are best known for their critically acclaimed show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.
Free!

Aug 16

Shakespeare in the Park: King Lear

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy Much Ado…
Free!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Aug 17

Hudson Warehouse presents The Winter's Tale

at Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
eontes, the King of Sicily, believes his pregnant wife is carrying his best friend’s love child.
Free!

Aug 17

Shakespeare in the Park: King Lear

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.
Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy Much Ado…
Free!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Aug 21

Hudson Warehouse presents The Winter's Tale

at Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
eontes, the King of Sicily, believes his pregnant wife is carrying his best friend’s love child.
Free!

Aug 21

Bryant Park Shakespeare: Love's Labor's Lost

at Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
A king and friends swear an oath to renounce women, but a princess and companions put that plan to the test.
Free!

Must See
Event

Friday, August 22, 2014

Aug 22

Hudson Warehouse presents The Winter's Tale

at Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
eontes, the King of Sicily, believes his pregnant wife is carrying his best friend’s love child.
Free!

Aug 22

Bryant Park Shakespeare: Love's Labor's Lost

at Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
A king and friends swear an oath to renounce women, but a princess and companions put that plan to the test.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Aug 23

Hudson Warehouse presents The Winter's Tale

at Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
eontes, the King of Sicily, believes his pregnant wife is carrying his best friend’s love child.
Free!

Aug 23

Bryant Park Shakespeare: Love's Labor's Lost

at Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
A king and friends swear an oath to renounce women, but a princess and companions put that plan to the test.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Aug 24

Hudson Warehouse presents The Winter's Tale

at Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
eontes, the King of Sicily, believes his pregnant wife is carrying his best friend’s love child.
Free!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Aug 28

Bryant Park Shakespeare: Love's Labor's Lost

at Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
A king and friends swear an oath to renounce women, but a princess and companions put that plan to the test.
Free!

Must See
Event

Friday, August 29, 2014

Aug 29

Bryant Park Shakespeare: Love's Labor's Lost

at Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
A king and friends swear an oath to renounce women, but a princess and companions put that plan to the test.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Aug 30

Bryant Park Shakespeare: Love's Labor's Lost

at Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
A king and friends swear an oath to renounce women, but a princess and companions put that plan to the test.
Free!

Must See
Event

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