The Drilling Company's
SHAKESPEARE IN
THE PARKING LOT


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"TWELFTH NIGHT" JULY 10 TO 26, 2014
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WHERE AND WHEN:
July 10 to 26, 2014
Municipal Parking Lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets, Manhattan.
(Subways: F to Delancey Street, walk one block south.)
FREE
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Running time 2:30.

Illyria becomes the Parking Lot itself in Shakespeare in the Parking Lot's production of "Twelfth Night," to be presented by The Drilling Company from July 10 to 26 in the Municipal Parking Lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets. Hamilton Clancy directs.

The production is an homage to the Parking Lot itself, which has been covered by media throughout the world because of its unique setting. The scruffy urban acre, which has been home to Shakespeare in the Parking Lot for two decades, is scheduled to be swallowed up as the long-vacant Seward Park Urban Renewal Area gives way to Essex Crossing, a giant mixed-used development, capping a half century of "progress" since the city laid the groundwork for the megaproject by demolishing the tenement homes of 1,800 Lower East Side families.

"Twelfth Night," one of the last and most bitter-sweet of Shakespeare's comedies, is a play filled with deeply flawed, richly drawn and memorable characters, replete with mismatched lovers, love unrequited and love finally satisfied. The central plot hinges on the resemblance of Sebastian and his twin sister Viola, who are separated from each other in a shipwreck off the coast of Illyria. Believing her brother to be dead, Viola dresses as a boy and finds employment as Cesario, a page to Orsino, Duke of Illyria. The Duke is an ardent and unrelenting suitor to the Countess Olivia, but she will have nothing to do with him. She falls instead for his reluctant messenger of love, Cesario. When Viola’s brother arrives on the scene, the fun of mistaken identities begins in earnest. The comedy is intensified by the uproarious machinations of several endearing clowns: Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Sir Toby Belch, Feste, Maria and most importantly, Olivia’s proud and officious steward, Malvolio, whose name means "ill will."

In this production, the shipwrecked twins are to be swept into the Parking Lot itself. The other characters of the play are based on those you might find in the contemporary world of the Lower East Side. Amanda Dillard and Skylar Gallun, as Viola and Sebastian, are a common sight: lost visitors. Sir Toby, played by Alexander Colla, is a tribute to some of the affectionate drunks who have peppered the audiences of past years. The character of Olivia, as played by Victoria Campbell, is based on wealthy, status-seeking residents of the neighborhood who populate its stately blue silver towers that were absent when these Shakespeare productions began. Andy Markert is modeling Andrew Aguecheek on tech millionaires who have moved there. Jonathan Eric Forster is playing Feste as a cross-dressing drag queen, which is still a common sight. The servant characters, most notably Malvolio (David Marantz) and Maria (Evangeline Fontaine) represent the now-growing service class of the Lower East Side, where in doorman-staffed palaces, we now see -- shudder – houseboys and manservants. Director Hamilton Clancy explains,"Like the Lower East side itself, the Parking Lot is a melting pot for people and meeting spot for people from a wide range of differences. Shakespeare speaks to human diversity and performing it in the Parking Lot has always seemed the perfect frame for us. This production aims to celebrate that."

Jennifer Varbalow, who has designed six past parking lot shows and recently "Hamlet" for Bryant Park Shakespeare, returns as scenic designer. Costume design is by Nina Vartainian and original music is by Jonathan Eric Foster. Kathy Curtis is text consultant and fight director.

The cast is: Nathan Ramos as Orsino, Joe Clancy as Curio, Gordon Palaggi as Valentine, Amanda Dillard as Viola, Alessandro Colla as Sir Toby Belch, Jonathan Eric Forster as Feste, Evangeline Fontaine as Maria, Andy Markert as Andrew Aguecheek, David Marantz as Malvolio, Mary Linehan as Fabia and Michael Imperato as The Captain..

Director Hamilton Clancy is Founder and Producing Artistic Director of The Drilling Company, now in its 16th year. He can be seen on TV in "Orange is the New Black" as C.O. Kowalski and in an upcoming episode of the NBC pirate series, "Crossbones" with John Malkovich. He has produced 18 Shakespeare productions in the Parking Lot and directed ten, including "Richard III," "Cymbeline," "Merry Wives of Windsor," "Coriolanus," "Measure of Measure," "Julius Caesar" and "Hamlet." His 2011 "Hamlet" production was reprised last month as the inaugural performance of Bryant Park Shakespeare. Clancy also staged The Drilling Company's acclaimed production of "Reservoir" by Eric Henry Sanders, a modern adaptation of "Woyzeck," in 2010-2011 at The Drilling Company's intimate theater at 236 West 78th Street. He has acted in ten Shakespeare in the Parking Lot productions and played Tor in The Drilling Company's long-running Off-Broadway comedy, "The Norwegians" by C. Denby Swanson.

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"OTHELLO"
The closing event of our twentieth season


July 31 to August 16, 2014
Municipal Parking Lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets, Manhattan.
(Subways: F to Delancey Street, walk one block south.)
FREE
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Running time: 2:15

Ivory Aquino (Desdemona), Aaron Scott (Othello). Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

Shakespeare's tragedy is explored as an exploration in contemporary violence and revenge as seen through the eyes of a top diplomatic aide, his non-white new wife, and their sociopathic press representative.

In the production, Othello is sent on missions to resolve international conflicts. While he enjoys international prestige, he experiences doubt at home when he suspects his new wife of infidelity, prompted by the unworthy advice of his chief adviser.

The company seeks to explore the way contemporary acts of revenge are at the core of our most violent social dilemmas.

The production uses weapons and costumes both modern and ancient to further accentuate the long history of violence stemming from human deception in a quest for power.

CAST: Aaron Scott (Othello), Ivory Aquino (Desdemona), Hamilton Clancy (Iago), Drew Valins (Montano), Bob Arcaro (Barbantio), Lukas Raphael (Cassio), Michael Bernstein (Roderigo), Ahmed Akkoudous (Ludovico), Jane Bradley (Emilia), Milena Davila (Bianca), Eric Paterniani (Clown).

Scenic design is by Jennifer Varbalow. Costume design is by Nina Vartainian. Fight director is Alessandro Colla.

 

WHITHER SHAKESPEARE
IN THE PARKING LOT?

The Parking Lot at Ludlow and Broome Streets has been an island of adventure and creativity for The Drilling Company and its Lower East Side audiences. The scruffy urban acre, which has been home to Shakespeare productions for two decades, is scheduled to be swallowed up as the long-vacant Seward Park Urban Renewal Area gives way to Essex Crossing, a giant mixed-used development, capping a half century of "progress" since the city laid the groundwork for the megaproject by demolishing the tenement homes of 1,800 Lower East Side families.

So, The Drilling Company is looking for another place to park this uniquely New York tradition next year. Read about it in the Wall Street Journal online.

 


 

ABOUT SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, presented by The Drilling Company (Hamilton Clancy, Artistic Director), is a summer New York institution that performs free Shakespeare productions in a municipal parking lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets in Manhattan's Lower East Side.

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.

We estimate that since 1995, Shakespeare's plays have been presented there for over 40,000 patrons.

You can drive there but you should expect to pay the Muni-meter.

The plays are presented in a working parking lot, so you can drive there but you should expect to pay the Muni-meter.

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. (Performances this season are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM for both shows.) 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.

Seats are available on a first come first serve basis, with audience members often arriving as early as 7:00 PM to secure a place. You are encouraged and welcome to bring your own chair. Once seats are gone, blankets are spread out. "We've never turned anyone away and there's never a wait for tickets!" brags Clancy.

The productions are typically intrepid, bare-boned and often gloriously ingenious adaptations of the classics. For example, in 2010, Hamilton Clancy staged "Julius Caesar" as a battle for control of an urban school system, with women playing Brutus and Cassius.

OUR 2010 SEASON'S TRAGEDY, "JULIUS CAESAR"
Ivory Aquino and Hamilton Clancy in "Julius Ceasar."
Photo by Lee Wexler/Images for Innovation.

The company stresses that the Parking Lot has now become a versatile theater where it presents its work, not unlike the Globe was to Shakespeare. Hamilton Clancy writes, "We believe the Parking Lot can be a container for a range of directorial interpretations and perspectives. We're in the Parking Lot because it's a great place to present the play, not as a site specific interpretation."

This summer's offerings are supported by the Department for Cultural Affairs and the the New York State Council on the Arts, Con Edison, and the Department of Transportation.


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TWENTY YEARS OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT
PRODUCTION CHRONOLOGY (IN FORMATION)


1st Season - 1995 - Expanded Arts
Midsummer Night's Dream

2nd Season - 1996 - Expanded Arts

3th Season - 1997 - Expanded Arts

4th Season - 1998 - Expanded Arts
Measure for Measure

5th Season - 1999 - Expanded Arts
Julius Caesar
Othello

6th Season - 2000 - Expanded Arts
Richard the Second

7th Season - 2001 - Ludlow Ten
Richard the Third
Merry Wives of Windsor

8th Season - 2002 - Ludlow Ten
MacBeth
Two Gentlemen of Verona, director Hamilton Clancy
Twelfth Night

9th Season- 2003 - Ludlow Ten
Hamlet, director Leonard McKenzie

10th Season - 2004 - Ludlow Ten
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, director Deloss Brown
Julius Caesar

11th Season- 2005 - Ludlow Ten
Measure for Measure, director Carole Mansley
Taming of the Shrew, director Leonard McKenzie

12th Season - 2006 - The Drilling Company
The Tempest, director Kathy Curtiss
As You Like It, director Jesus Ontiveros

13th Season - 2007 - The Drilling Company
Romeo and Juliet, director Tom Demenkoff
Much Ado About Nothing, director Kathy Curtiss

14th Season - 2008 - The Drilling Company
Twelfth Night, director Kathy Curtiss
Henry the Fifth, director Laura Strausfeld

15th Season- 2009 - The Drilling Company
Midsummer Night's Dream, director Kathy Curtiss
Measure for Measure, director Hamilton Clancy

16th Season - 2010 - The Drilling Company
Love's Labour's Lost, director Kathy Curtiss
Julius Caesar, director Hamilton Clancy

17th Season - 2011 - The Drilling Company
Comedy of Errors, director Kathy Curtiss
Hamlet, director Hamilton Clancy

18th Season - 2012 - The Drilling Company
Merry Wives of Windsor, director Hamilton Clancy
Coriolanus, director Hamilton Clancy

19th Season- 2013 - The Drilling Company
Cymbeline, director Hamilton Clancy
Richard the Third, director Hamilton Clancy

20th Season -2014 - The Drilling Company
Twelfth Night, director Hamilton Clancy
Othello, director Hamilton Clancy

 

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


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