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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

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Jun 6

Shakespeare - Hamlet: Princess of Denmark

at Bryant ParkManhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Many women have played Hamlet throughout history, but rarely have they played Hamlet as a woman. What happens to this classic story when feminine power is a defining force?
Free!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Jun 7

Shakespeare - Hamlet: Princess of Denmark

at Bryant ParkManhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Many women have played Hamlet throughout history, but rarely have they played Hamlet as a woman. What happens to this classic story when feminine power is a defining force?
Free!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Jun 8

CityParks Foundation PuppetMobile: Bessie's Big Shot

at Bennett ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Bessie the cow dreams of joining the circus. Come root Bessie on in this variety show as she attempts the impossible and searches for her special talents.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jun 8

Queens Dance Festival

at Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk)Queens This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join us for the Queensboro Dance Festival, an annual tour of performances and community dance activities, featuring dance companies throughout Queens.
Free!

Jun 8

Shakespeare - Hamlet: Princess of Denmark

at Bryant ParkManhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Many women have played Hamlet throughout history, but rarely have they played Hamlet as a woman. What happens to this classic story when feminine power is a defining force?
Free!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Jun11

CityParks PuppetMobile: Bessie's Big Shot

at Westbourne PlaygroundQueens

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Bessie the cow dreams of joining the circus. Come root Bessie on in this variety show as she attempts the impossible and searches for her special talents.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Jun12

New York City Opera: Pride Concert

at Bryant ParkManhattan

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Enjoy an extraordinary hour-long performance produced by New York City Opera.
Free!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Jun14

Plaza Theatrical Presents Wizard of Oz

at Beach 17th Street and Boardwalk (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk)Queens This is an Accessible location

4:00 p.m.5:30 p.m.
Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion as they come to life in this theatrical performance of the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Jun27

Cinderella Presented by Plaza Theatrical Productions

at Sobelsohn Playground (in Forest Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Enjoy a live theatrical performance of this classic fairy tale!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Jul11

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 most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits each summer in the park. Join hundreds of fans on the Lawn and enjoy favorite Broadway tunes.
Free!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Jul17

CityParks Foundation PuppetMobile: Bessie's Big Shot

at Monsignor Kett PlaygroundManhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.3:45 p.m.
Bessie the cow dreams of joining the circus. Come root Bessie on in this variety show as she attempts the impossible and searches for her special talents.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Jul18

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 most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits each summer in the park. Join hundreds of fans on the Lawn and enjoy favorite Broadway tunes.
Free!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Jul23

CityParks Foundation PuppetMobile: Bessie's Big Shot

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Bessie is a cow that lives on the Upper West Side and dreams of working for the circus. In the end, by some sheer accident, she finally gets a job as a performer and is thrilled.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Jul24

Shakespeare in the Park Presents: A Midsummer Night's Dream

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)Queens

7:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Shakespeare's dazzling comedy about the rites of love is full of magic and music.
Free!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Jul25

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 most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits each summer in the park. Join hundreds of fans on the Lawn and enjoy favorite Broadway tunes.
Free!

Jul25

Mamma Mia! Presented by Plaza Theatrical Productions

at George Seuffert Bandshell (in Forest Park)Queens

7:30 p.m.9:30 p.m.
This popular musical will have you dancing in the aisle to ABBA's greatest hits including Dancing Queen, Money, Money, Money, and of course Mamma Mia!
Free!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Jul30

Plaza Theatrical Presents: Cinderella

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
The timeless "rags to riches" fairy tale becomes a new audience favorite in a live adaptation of the treasured animated film.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Aug 1

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 most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits each summer in the park. Join hundreds of fans on the Lawn and enjoy favorite Broadway tunes.
Free!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Aug 2

CityParks Foundation Puppet Mobile: Bessie's Big Shot

at J Hood Wright Park (in J. Hood Wright Park)Manhattan

10:30 a.m.11:15 a.m.
Bessie the cow dreams of joining the circus. Come root Bessie on in this variety show as she attempts the impossible and searches for her special talents.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Aug 7

Hudson Vagabond Puppets Presents Caps for Sale/Three Billy Goats Gruff

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

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
First, a hat salesman falls asleep and wakes to find his hats missing! In the second story, three billy goats try to avoid an ogre as they try to cross a bridge!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Aug 8

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 most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits each summer in the park. Join hundreds of fans on the Lawn and enjoy favorite Broadway tunes.
Free!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Aug10

Queensboro Dance Festival

at George Seuffert Bandshell (in Forest Park)Queens

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
The Queensboro Dance Festival is a summer tour of all Queens-based dance companies, featuring diverse dance styles including jazz, Indian, modern, hip-hop, and more!
Free!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Aug14

Patty Cake Theater Presents Donkey Jote

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

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Enjoy this bilingual adaptation of the adventures of Don Quixote as seen from his donkey.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Aug15

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 most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits each summer in the park. Join hundreds of fans on the Lawn and enjoy favorite Broadway tunes.
Free!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Aug30

Shakespeare - Othello

at Bryant ParkManhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
The classic tale of betrayal, race, friendship, and loss is reinterpreted through a contemporary lens in this fresh exploration of Shakespeare's devastating tragedy.
Free!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Aug31

Shakespeare - Othello

at Bryant ParkManhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
The classic tale of betrayal, race, friendship, and loss is reinterpreted through a contemporary lens in this fresh exploration of Shakespeare's devastating tragedy.
Free!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sep 1

Shakespeare - Othello

at Bryant ParkManhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
The classic tale of betrayal, race, friendship, and loss is reinterpreted through a contemporary lens in this fresh exploration of Shakespeare's devastating tragedy.
Free!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Sep 5

Shakespeare - Othello

at Bryant ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
The classic tale of betrayal, race, friendship, and loss is reinterpreted through a contemporary lens in this fresh exploration of Shakespeare's devastating tragedy.
Free!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Sep 6

Shakespeare - Othello

at Bryant ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
The classic tale of betrayal, race, friendship, and loss is reinterpreted through a contemporary lens in this fresh exploration of Shakespeare's devastating tragedy.
Free!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Sep 7

Shakespeare - Othello

at Bryant ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
The classic tale of betrayal, race, friendship, and loss is reinterpreted through a contemporary lens in this fresh exploration of Shakespeare's devastating tragedy.
Free!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Oct19

Flux Takeover

at Socrates Sculpture ParkQueens

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Come experience Flux’s core themes in action – collaboration, experimentation, and play – with residents and artists from their current show, Must They Also Be Gods.
Free!

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