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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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Jul 27

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a performance from Plaza Theatrical Production. Please bring a blanket or low chair.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 27

Shakespeare in the Park Presents: As You Like It

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens

6:30 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Shakespeare's sparkling comedy about love, family, and identity is full of wit, music, and gender-bending fun.
Free!

Jul 27

Classical Theatre of Harlem Presents Macbeth

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
See a free performance of this classic Shakespeare play in Marcus Garvey Park.
Free!

Jul 27

Arts, Culture & Fun: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

at ARROW Field House , Queens  This is an Accessible location

8:15 p.m.10:30 p.m.
Bring a blanket, chair and a friend and enjoy outdoor movies FREE! Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is no ordinary archeologist. When we first see him, he is somewhere in the Peruvian…
Free!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Jul 28

Broadway in Bryant Park

at Bryant Park Stage (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

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 LiteFM DJs.
Free!

Jul 28

Shakespeare in the Park: Julius Ceasar

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

6:30 p.m.10:30 p.m.
Shakespeare’s sensational political thriller explores the tension between private loyalties and the public good, and unflinchingly questions the price of freedom.
Free!

Jul 28

Classical Theatre of Harlem Presents Macbeth

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
See a free performance of this classic Shakespeare play in Marcus Garvey Park.
Free!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Jul 29

New York Euripides Summer Festival 2016 Presents Cyclops

at The East River Park Amphitheater (in John V. Lindsay East River Park ) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
On their way back to Ithaca, Odysseus and his companions confront the cyclops Polyphemus before escaping from Sicily.
Free!

Jul 29

Classical Theatre of Harlem Presents Macbeth

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
See a free performance of this classic Shakespeare play in Marcus Garvey Park.
Free!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Jul 30

New York Euripides Summer Festival 2016 Presents Cyclops

at The East River Park Amphitheater (in John V. Lindsay East River Park ) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
On their way back to Ithaca, Odysseus and his companions confront the cyclops Polyphemus before escaping from Sicily.
Free!

Jul 30

Classical Theatre of Harlem Presents Macbeth

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
See a free performance of this classic Shakespeare play in Marcus Garvey Park.
Free!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Jul 31

Shakespeare in the Park

at West 246th Street and Broadway (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

5:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Hip to Hip Theater Company presents a performance of Shakespeare's As You Like It on the lawn east of Memorial Grove.
Free!

Jul 31

Classical Theatre of Harlem Presents Macbeth

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
See a free performance of this classic Shakespeare play in Marcus Garvey Park.
Free!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Aug 2

FMCP Presents 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the Peanuts gang in this fast-paced, lighthearted musical, guaranteed to please audiences of all ages!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 2

New York Euripides Summer Festival 2016 Presents Cyclops

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
On their way back to Ithaca, Odysseus and his companions confront the cyclops Polyphemus before escaping from Sicily.
Free!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Aug 3

CityParks Puppetmobile Presents Puss in Boots

at Snug Harbor , Staten Island

10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Despite his reputation as a sly trickster, Puss soon proves himself a caring friend to all, willing to help at any cost!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 3

Patty Cake Theater presents Mr. Amoeba and the Geos

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

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Follow Mr. Amoeba and his students Cindy Circle, Stevie Square, and Tuttie Traingle as they confront the Garbage eating Wizard who wants the whole world to drink soda and eat litter.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 3

New York Euripides Summer Festival 2016 Presents Cyclops

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
On their way back to Ithaca, Odysseus and his companions confront the cyclops Polyphemus before escaping from Sicily.
Free!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Aug 4

Broadway in Bryant Park

at Bryant Park Stage (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

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 LiteFM DJs.
Free!

Aug 4

Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It

at Main Park House (in Cunningham Park) , Queens

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Join the Friends of Cunningham Park for a free performance of this classic Shakespeare play.
Free!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Aug 6

Performance: Alice in Black and White

at Alice Austen House Museum (in Alice Austen Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Theatre group Looking for Lilith will perform excerpts from their production featuring the story of Alice Austen and Gertrude Tate.
Free!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Aug 7

Hip to Hip Theatre Company Presents Shakespeare in the Park

at Socrates Sculpture Park , Queens

4:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Bring a blanket or low chair and picnic fare, and enjoy Shakespeare in the open air.
Free!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Aug 9

All the Park's A Stage: The Winter's Tale

at Bridge View Lawn (in Brooklyn Bridge Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
See free performances of Shakespeare's romantic comedy The Winter’s Tale by the New York Classical Theatre.
Free!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Aug 10

Shakespeare in the Park Presents: Julius Caesar

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens

6:30 p.m.10:00 p.m.
This sensational political thriller explores the tension between private loyalties and the public good, and unflinchingly questions the price of freedom.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 10

All the Park's A Stage: The Winter's Tale

at Bridge View Lawn (in Brooklyn Bridge Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
See free performances of Shakespeare's romantic comedy The Winter’s Tale by the New York Classical Theatre.
Free!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Aug 11

Broadway in Bryant Park

at Bryant Park Stage (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

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 LiteFM DJs.
Free!

Aug 11

Julius Caesar at Fort Greene Park

at Myrtle Avenue Lawn (in Fort Greene Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
In this sensational political thriller, Shakespeare explores the tension between private loyalties and the public good, and unflinchingly questions the price of freedom.
Free!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Aug 12

All the Park's A Stage: The Winter's Tale

at Bridge View Lawn (in Brooklyn Bridge Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
See free performances of Shakespeare's romantic comedy The Winter’s Tale by the New York Classical Theatre.
Free!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Aug 13

All the Park's A Stage: The Winter's Tale

at Bridge View Lawn (in Brooklyn Bridge Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
See free performances of Shakespeare's romantic comedy The Winter’s Tale by the New York Classical Theatre.
Free!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Aug 14

Hip to Hip Theatre Company Presents Shakespeare in the Park

at Socrates Sculpture Park , Queens

4:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Bring a blanket or low chair and picnic fare, and enjoy Shakespeare in the open air.
Free!

Aug 14

All the Park's A Stage: The Winter's Tale

at Bridge View Lawn (in Brooklyn Bridge Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
See free performances of Shakespeare's romantic comedy The Winter’s Tale by the New York Classical Theatre.
Free!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Aug 16

CityParks PuppetMobile Presents Puss in Boots

at 111th Street and 53rd Avenue (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Despite his reputation as a sly trickster, Puss soon proves himself a caring friend to all, willing to help at any cost!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Aug 17

Arts, Culture & Fun: North by Northwest

at Conference House Park , Staten Island

7:50 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Bring a blanket, chair and a friend and enjoy a Hitchcock film. This movie is held outdoors and it's FREE!
Free!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Aug 25

Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It

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

6:30 p.m.10:30 p.m.
This story follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution at her uncle's court to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden.
Free!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Aug 31

Arts, Culture & Fun: West Side Story

at Snug Harbor , Staten Island

7:30 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Bring a blanket, a chair and a friend and enjoy a free movie screening of the classic musical, West Side Story (1961)
Free!

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