Saturday

Shakespeare in the Park


The Public Theater of New York puts on two productions in Central Park every summer. One of which and most popular is Shakespeare in the Park. Tickets are free and are distributed via the line at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Another option and my method of choice is a daily log-in to the virtual line on the Public Theater web site which allows you to win 2 tickets for same day performances. This 2009 season is showing the Shakespearean play Twelfth Night staring Anne Hathaway, Raúl Esparza, Hamish Linklater, Audra McDonald and the rest of a great ensemble cast. Next, will be The Bacchae by Euripides. You are encouraged by the theater to bring snacks, wine, even an entire picnic basket that you can enjoy right from your theater seat. If you prefer instead, you can purchase gourmet yummies at the upscale concession stand Public Fare by Danny Meyer. You can get everything from Beaujolais wine and yellow fin tuna salad to whoopie pies, to name a few. Tonight, the weather was not cooperating, raining on and off but, the show must go on and started promptly at 8:00pm. The actors performed their best while getting rained on periodically and ended the play with a rain song while, the audience watched wearing ponchos. It's great fun to be surrounded by the beauty of Central Park while experiencing Shakespeare, regardless of the weather.

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