The Drilling Company's
SHAKESPEARE IN
THE PARKING LOT
Always free. Never a wait for tickets.


WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR TWO VENUES

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT

The Drilling Company performs free outdoor Shakespeare in the Parking Lot behind The Clemente (Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center), located at 114 Norfolk Street (east side of Norfolk Street between Delancey and Rivington Streets), just three blocks from the municipal parking lot where the plucky New York cultural attraction started 21 years ago.

OUR 2016 SEASON IN THE PARKING LOT

JULY 7 TO 24
"MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM"
This production launches our second season in its current location at 114 Norfolk Street. In the five Shakespeare plays we are producing this summer, all have powerful women and powerful female friendships that are catalysts for the action. In "Midsummer Night's Dream," it's Hermia and Helena -- famous female friends and adversaries, who are both ruled by Titania. Stay tumed for what develops! Cathy Curtiss directs.

JULY 28 TO AUGUST 14
"THE MERCHANT OF VENICE"
Continuing this season's theme of spotlighting powerful women in Shakespeare's plays, watch what we do with the characters of Portia and Jessica in "The Merchant of Venice."

WHY A PARKING LOT?
"It is a tremendously accessible gathering place in the heart of the city. Like most companies that do Shakespeare we are following the spirit of Joseph Papp. But putting our own spin on it by placing it in a parking lot, making an urban wrinkle," says founding artistic director Hamilton Clancy. Shows are offered while the lot is in use. The action sometimes happens around a parked car which drives away during a performance. At such times, the players stop and the audience moves its chairs, pausing the performance the same way a show would stop for rain uptown in Central Park. It's all part of the fun.

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot was begun in 1995 by Expanded Arts under the artistic direction of Jennifer Spahr. When Ms. Spahr retired in 2000, an organization known as Ludlow Ten was formed under the direction of Leonard McKenzie. The Drilling Company began co-producing SITPL with Ludlow Ten in 2001. After Mr. McKenzie's retirement in 2005, The Drilling Company was asked to continue the great tradition of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. The attraction moved to its current location at 114 Norfolk Street in 2015.

 

HOW DO I GO TO SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT?

* The Parking Lot is located at 114 Norfolk Street, between Rivington and Delancey Streets.
* Shows are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM and admission is FREE.
* Seats are available on a first come first served basis, with audience members often arriving early to secure a place. You are welcome to bring your own chair. Once seats are gone, blankets are spread out.
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We've never turned anyone away and there's never a wait for tickets.
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Subways: F to Delancey Street, M to Essex Street. MAP

 

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot

 

Macbeth, 2015 -- Dan Teachout as the title character, with witches (L-R: Gracie Winchester, Kineta Kunutu, Llewie Nuñez). Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

 

BRYANT PARK PRESENTS

The Drilling Company, producer of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, is looking forward to its third season as producer of Shakespeare in Bryant Park.

APRIL 22:
HONORING SHAKESPEARE'S 452nd BIRTHDAY AND 400th ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH
The date of Shakespeare's death is a mystery, but it is commonly estimated to be April 23, based on the date of his funeral, April 25, 1616. His birth is thought to be the same date, based on his baptism record of April 26, 1564. We'll be commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death together with is 452nd birthday. From 12:30 to 2:00, there will be a Shakespeare Flash Mob, a Word Wall, Shakespeare songs by Natalie Smith and Band, and individual performances by company members all around Bryant Park. A Shakespeare Jukebox will be staged from 3:00 PM to 5:00 at NY Public Library. In the evening, the company will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death with a Shakespeare Jazz Funeral at 6:30 and "Deaths of Shakespeare" from 6:45 PM to 8:00 PM.
MORE INFO

 

2016 SEASON - FULL LENGTH PLAYS

In 2016, we will present three of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.

"Much Ado About Nothing" (May 19 to June 4)
This production sets "Much Ado About Nothing" in the Post World War I Suffragette movement. In the original play, the men have returned from a military campaign in Sicily with hearts bent on marriage. Here they are World War I vets. The women are Suffragettes and their zeal for new women's roles introduces a new level of complexity to the witty, agile, sometimes insulting repartee between the lovers that is the play's trademark. MORE INFO

"As You Like It" with music by Natalie Smith (July 21 to 23)
The magical comedy is set in the classical Victorian era and everything becomes Steampunk when the scene shifts to the Forest of Arden. This production premiered in our parking lot last season. The New York Times wrote, "it’s easy to find magic here" and praised the leading performances as "wonderful by any standard."

"Measure for Measure" (September 1 to 18)
A battle of the sexes set in the South.

These plays feature the greatest, funniest and noblest women of the canon—Beatrice, Rosalind and Isabella—singular characters who, with close connections to other women, master true love and overcome misogyny and sexual harassment.

 

HOW DO I GO TO BRYANT PARK SHAKESPEARE?

* Bryant Park is located on 6th Avenue at 42nd Street, in midtown Manhattan.
* ALL ADMISSION IS FREE.
* Show times to all three plays are Thursdays at 9:00 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 PM, most Sundays at 2:00 PM (check links here for Sunday schedules).
* Food kiosks serve affordable meals, capacious rest rooms are close at hand and seating on bistro chairs is guaranteed for everyone.
* Best of all, there is no waiting in line for tickets.
* Subways: B, D, F, or M to 42nd St./Bryant Park; 7 to 5th Ave. MAP

Bryant Park Shakespeare



 

Brian Patrick Murphy as Proteus in "Two Gentlemen of Verona" in Bryant Park. Photo by Rosalie Baijer.

A SAMPLING OF PRESS ARTICLES FROM LAST SEASON

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT

New York Times, "An ‘As You Like It’ on Asphalt, From Shakespeare in the Parking Lot" by Ken Jaworowski July 15, 2015
The Villager, "Shakespeare in the Parking Lot drives on" by Sean Egan July 15, 2015
Wall Street Journal, "Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Finds a New Spot" by Pia Catton July 8, 2015
My Fox NY, "Shakespeare in the Parking Lot" by Lidia Curanaj July 9, 2015
"This Week in Shakespeare" interviews Hamilton Clancy August 5, 2013

BRYANT PARK SHAKESPEARE

Long Island Pulse, "Shakespeare at Twilight" by Rene´ Georg Gasicek June 27, 2015


CHECK OUT OUR PHOTO ALBUM.
Production photos of current and past seasons are available here.


OTHER PRESS:

Wall Street Journal:
On the Lower East Side, Shakespeare Among the Camrys

by Nick Neyland


PHOTOS AND WRITEUPS OF SEASONS IN OUR RECENT PAST

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011
BRYANT PARK 2014