ABOUT BRYANT PARK
Performances are Thursdays at 9:00 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00
PM; some Sundays at 2:00 PM
(Check each individual show's info for exact schedule.)
Food kiosks serve affordable meals.
Capacious rest rooms are close at hand.
Seating on bistro chairs is guaranteed for everyone.
Best of all, there will be no waiting in line for tickets.
FULL LENGTH PLAYS
2016, we will present three of William Shakespeare’s most beloved
comedies: "Much Ado About Nothing" (May 19
to June 4), set in the middle of the suffragette movement; a steampunk
version of "As You Like It" with music by
Natalie Smith (July 21 to 23), and "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.
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 commemorated the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's
death together with is 452nd birthday.There were 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 was staged at NY Public Library. In the evening, the company
celebrated the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death with a Shakespeare
Jazz Funeral and "Deaths of Shakespeare."
Season - 2014 - The Drilling Company
Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Bash
Hamlet, director Hamilton Clancy
Season, 2015 - The Drilling Company
Shakespeare's 451st Birthday Bash
The Two Gentlemen of Verona, director Hamilton Clancy
Romeo and Juliet, director David Marantz
The Taming of the Shrew, director Alessandro Colla
Season - 2016 - The Drilling Company
Shakespeare's 452nd Birthday Bash and 400th Anniversary of his Death
Much Ado About Nothing, director Hamilton Clancy
As You Like It, director Hamilton Clancy
Measure for Measure, director TBA
are staged on the upper terrace of Bryant Park, which is located behind
the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd
Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
Take the B, D, F, or M to 42nd Street/Bryant Park; 7 to 5th Avenue.
Park Corporation (BPC), a private not-for-profit company, was founded
in 1980 to renovate, finance and operate Bryant Park, one of the busiest
public spaces in the world, without government or philanthropic funding.
In addition to providing security and sanitation services, and tending
the lawn and seasonal gardens, BPC creates amenities and activities
in Bryant Park for over 6 million visitors each year. BPC's website,
www.bryantpark.org, has more detailed information plus a complete schedule
of upcoming free events, activities, and programs. BPC invites New Yorkers
and visitors to Midtown Manhattan to experience live theatrical productions
of Shakespeare plays, as well as the NYC summer traditions of HBO/Bryant
Park Summer Film Festival and Broadway in Bryant Park.
of Bryant Park are subject to the rules of the New York City Department
of Parks and Recreation.
INFO & CONTACT
All productions are presented
by Bryant Park Shakespeare and produced by The Drilling Company (Hamilton
Clancy, Artistic Director), producer of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot.
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot
on Bryant Park events: www.bryantpark.org,
@bryantparknyc and #bpshakespeare.
of The Drilling Company are supported in part this season by a grant
from the Brad and Melissa Coolidge Foundation. Supporters also include
the Department for Cultural Affairs and the the New York State Council
on the Arts.
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