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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

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Aug 2

Bryant Park Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

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

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Bryant Park Shakespeare returns with three productions presented by The Drilling Company.
Free!

Aug 2

Cido The Clown at Fantasy Forest Amusement Park

at Fantasy Forest Amusement Park (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.2:45 p.m.
From his red nose to his big feet, Cido is a professional clown to the fullest. This clown magic show is sure to be fun for all!
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug 2

Cido The Clown at Fantasy Forest Amusement Park

at Fantasy Forest Amusement Park (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

4:00 p.m.4:45 p.m.
From his red nose to his big feet, Cido is a professional clown to the fullest. This clown magic show is sure to be fun for all!
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug 2

Hip to Hip Theatre Company: The Merry Wives of Windsor

at Socrates Sculpture Park , Queens

5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Sir John Falstaff, banished to Windsor and running out of money, devises what he thinks is a fool-proof plan – seduce the wives of the two richest men in town.
Free!

Aug 2

Hudson Warehouse: Titus Andronicus

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
This is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work and traditionally was one of his least respected plays.
Free!

Aug 2

NY Classical: Shakespeare's Measure for Measure

at Castle Clinton (in The Battery) , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Once a free and open society, Vienna is bitterly divided between high morals and the greed of commerce. Disguised as a monk, the Duke wanders the land, prying into the daily lives of…
Free!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Aug 3

Shakespeare in the Park: Cymbeline

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.
Free!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Aug 4

NY Classical: Shakespeare's Measure for Measure

at Castle Clinton (in The Battery) , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Once a free and open society, Vienna is bitterly divided between high morals and the greed of commerce. Disguised as a monk, the Duke wanders the land, prying into the daily lives of…
Free!

Aug 4

Shakespeare in the Park: Cymbeline

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.
Free!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Aug 5

Catskill Puppet Theater presents "The Lions Whiskers"

at Beach 97th Street and Shorefront Parkway (in Rockaway Beach) , Queens

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Children will love this musical tale that features a multitude of masks, puppets, and audience participation.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 5

Teatro Sea presents My Superhero, Roberto Clemente

at 111th Street Parking Lot (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Enjoy this new bilingual children’s musical about the legendary Puerto Rican baseball player and humanitarian, Roberto Clemente.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 5

Jack & the Beanstalk

at Lower Highland Playground (in Highland Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Jack is looking for adventure, but what he gets is more than he bargained for. Please bring a blanket or a low chair.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 5

NY Classical: Shakespeare's Measure for Measure

at Castle Clinton (in The Battery) , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Once a free and open society, Vienna is bitterly divided between high morals and the greed of commerce. Disguised as a monk, the Duke wanders the land, prying into the daily lives of…
Free!

Aug 5

Shakespeare in the Park: Cymbeline

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.
Free!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Aug 6

Broadway in Bryant Park

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 surprises from other Broadway shows.
Free!

Aug 6

Hudson Warehouse: Titus Andronicus

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
This is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work and traditionally was one of his least respected plays.
Free!

Aug 6

NY Classical: Shakespeare's Measure for Measure

at Castle Clinton (in The Battery) , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Once a free and open society, Vienna is bitterly divided between high morals and the greed of commerce. Disguised as a monk, the Duke wanders the land, prying into the daily lives of…
Free!

Aug 6

Shakespeare in the Park: Cymbeline

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.
Free!

Aug 6

Arts in the Gardens: Prey

at Gil Hodges Community Garden , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Explore the themes of survival and re-invention in this episodic dance experience.
Free!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Aug 7

Hudson Warehouse: Titus Andronicus

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
This is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work and traditionally was one of his least respected plays.
Free!

Aug 7

NY Classical: Shakespeare's Measure for Measure

at Castle Clinton (in The Battery) , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Once a free and open society, Vienna is bitterly divided between high morals and the greed of commerce. Disguised as a monk, the Duke wanders the land, prying into the daily lives of…
Free!

Aug 7

Shakespeare in the Park: Cymbeline

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.
Free!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Aug 8

Dance at Socrates

at Socrates Sculpture Park , Queens

4:00 p.m.5:30 p.m.
Now in its third season, Socrates and Norte Maar present a residency and performance program, bringing New York-based choreographers and their dancers to a unique waterfront environment.
Free!

Aug 8

Beach Sessions: Emery LeCrone Dance

at Beach 81st Street Entrance (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk) , Queens

4:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
?Emery LeCrone is an American choreographer, teacher and dancer. In past seasons, Ms. LeCrone has created new pieces for professional dance companies.
Free!

Aug 8

Tales of Brier Rabbit

at South Oxford Park , Brooklyn

5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
"Tales of Brier Rabbit" follows the adventures of notorious trickster Brier Rabbit, who is once again up to no good.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 8

Hudson Warehouse: Titus Andronicus

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
This is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work and traditionally was one of his least respected plays.
Free!

Aug 8

NY Classical: Shakespeare's Measure for Measure

at Castle Clinton (in The Battery) , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Once a free and open society, Vienna is bitterly divided between high morals and the greed of commerce. Disguised as a monk, the Duke wanders the land, prying into the daily lives of…
Free!

Aug 8

Shakespeare in the Park: Cymbeline

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.
Free!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Aug 9

Hudson Warehouse: Titus Andronicus

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
This is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work and traditionally was one of his least respected plays.
Free!

Aug 9

NY Classical: Shakespeare's Measure for Measure

at Castle Clinton (in The Battery) , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Once a free and open society, Vienna is bitterly divided between high morals and the greed of commerce. Disguised as a monk, the Duke wanders the land, prying into the daily lives of…
Free!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Aug 13

Broadway in Bryant Park

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 surprises from other Broadway shows.
Free!

Aug 13

Hudson Warehouse: Titus Andronicus

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
This is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work and traditionally was one of his least respected plays.
Free!

Aug 13

Arts in the Gardens: Prey

at Gil Hodges Community Garden , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Explore the themes of survival and re-invention in this episodic dance experience. A discussion with the performers will follow.
Free!

Must See
Event

Friday, August 14, 2015

Aug 14

Hudson Warehouse: Titus Andronicus

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
This is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work and traditionally was one of his least respected plays.
Free!

Aug 14

Shakespeare in the Park: Cymbeline

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.
Free!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Aug 15

Beach Sessions: Loni Landon

at Beach 81st Street Entrance (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk) , Queens

4:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Loni Landon was born and raised in New York City and received her training from the NYC High School of Performing Arts and the Dance Theater of Harlem.
Free!

Aug 15

Hudson Warehouse: Titus Andronicus

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
This is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work and traditionally was one of his least respected plays.
Free!

Aug 15

Shakespeare At Sunset: Measure for Measure

at The Granite Prospect (in Brooklyn Bridge Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Once a free and open society, Brooklyn Bridge Park is transformed into Vienna, a city bitterly divided between high morals and the greed of commerce.
Free!

Aug 15

Shakespeare in the Park: Cymbeline

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.
Free!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Aug 16

Hudson Warehouse: Titus Andronicus

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
This is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work and traditionally was one of his least respected plays.
Free!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Aug 18

Shakespeare in the Park: Cymbeline

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.
Free!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Aug 19

Shakespeare in the Park: Cymbeline

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.
Free!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Aug 20

Hudson Warehouse: Titus Andronicus

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
This is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work and traditionally was one of his least respected plays.
Free!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Aug 21

Hudson Warehouse: Titus Andronicus

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
This is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work and traditionally was one of his least respected plays.
Free!

Aug 21

Shakespeare in the Park: Cymbeline

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.
Free!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Aug 22

Beach Sessions: Shannon Gillen

at Beach 81st Street Entrance (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk) , Queens

4:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Shannon Gillen is the founder, artistic director and choreographer of New York's visionary new dance company Vim Vigor, which is currently being launched.
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug 22

Hudson Warehouse: Titus Andronicus

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
This is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work and traditionally was one of his least respected plays.
Free!

Aug 22

Shakespeare in the Park: Cymbeline

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.
Free!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Aug 23

Hudson Warehouse: Titus Andronicus

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
This is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work and traditionally was one of his least respected plays.
Free!

Aug 23

Shakespeare in the Park: Cymbeline

at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.
Free!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Sep 4

Bryant Park Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Bryant Park Shakespeare returns with three productions presented by The Drilling Company.
Free!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Sep 5

Bryant Park Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Bryant Park Shakespeare returns with three productions presented by The Drilling Company.
Free!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sep 6

Bryant Park Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew

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

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Bryant Park Shakespeare returns with three productions presented by The Drilling Company. May 15 - 31: The Two Gentlemen of Verona July…
Free!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Sep 11

Bryant Park Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Bryant Park Shakespeare returns with three productions presented by The Drilling Company.
Free!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Sep 12

Circus Amok

at Socrates Sculpture Park , Queens

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Since 1989, Circus Amok has brought its funny, queer, caustic, political, one-ring spectacles to diverse neighborhoods throughout NYC.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 12

Bryant Park Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Bryant Park Shakespeare returns with three productions presented by The Drilling Company.
Free!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sep 13

Bryant Park Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew

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

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Bryant Park Shakespeare returns with three productions presented by The Drilling Company. May 15 - 31: The Two Gentlemen of Verona July…
Free!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Sep 18

Bryant Park Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Bryant Park Shakespeare returns with three productions presented by The Drilling Company.
Free!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sep 19

Bryant Park Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Bryant Park Shakespeare returns with three productions presented by The Drilling Company.
Free!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sep 20

Bryant Park Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew

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

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Bryant Park Shakespeare returns with three productions presented by The Drilling Company. May 15 - 31: The Two Gentlemen of Verona July…
Free!

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