Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Jesse J. Perez in a scene from Shakespeare on the Sound’s "A Midsummer Night's Dream. " Click here to enlarge. (Photo by Richard Termine)

NEW YORK – This summer the bard will take residence under the stars when two Shakespearean troupes, Shakespeare on the Sound, a Connecticut newcomer, and the Central Park stalwart, the Public Theater; both present Shakespeare al fresco.

Shakespeare on the Sound

Shakespeare on the Sound is an adventuresome endeavor by Joanna Settle, who inaugurates her first season with "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" at Pinkney Park in Rowayton July 4-12 and in Baldwin Park Greenwich July 16-28.

Ms. Settle has gathered a cast of 17 actors, and there will be original music by Stew, the award-winning songwriter who starred on Broadway in his own show, "Passing Strange," last season. "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," with idyllic woods settings, seems ideal for Ms. Settle’s site-specific park settings.

Audiences are advised to arrive early in each location since parking is limited. Picnicking is permissible in each location. There is no admission fee for Shakespeare on the Sound, but a donation of $20 ($10 for seniors and students) is suggested. Performances at both venues begin at 7:30 pm. Before starting out, it is advisable to check the schedule and weather conditions at www.shakespeareonthesound.org.

From left, Gretchen Hall, Greg Wooddell, Doan Ly, Marjan Neshat and Albert Jones in a scene from Shakespeare on the Sound’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Click here to enlarge. (Photo by  Richard Termine).

Shakespeare in Central Park

Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway makes her public theater debut as Viola in Shakespeare’s romantic comedy adventure, "Twelfth Night," beginning June 10 in Central Park. Directed by the Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan, the cast features a group of first-rate New York actors: Michael Crumpsty, Raul Esparza, Audra McDonald, J.O. Sanders, and David Pittu.

Shakespeare in the Park continues through July 12.

Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are free and are distributed on day of performance beginning at 1 pm at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The closest entrances to the Delacorte are at 81st Street and Central Park West or 79th Street and Fifth Avenue. There is a limit of two tickets per person.

Online tickets: while the majority of tickets are distributed via the free line in Central Park beginning June 10, a limited number of tickets will be available on the day of each performance. People are chosen at random, not in the order requests are received.

Once again, it is wise to check online at www.publictheater.org for more information.