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Free Summer Outdoor Theater in Manhattan 2021

NYC Free Things To Do In Summer in Manhattan - Free Summer Theater On the Upper East Side UES, Upper West Side UWS, Midtown, West & East Village, SoHo & Tribeca & Shakespeare in Central Park in NYC

July 14, 2021 / Manhattan Neighborhoods / Dance & Theater / Theatre Manhattan / Manhattan Things To Do / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

manhattan free summer theater uws ues upper east side upper west side manhattan nyc free summer theater manhattan nycSummer is in full swing. A number of community groups in collaboration with the NYC Parks Department and frequently some measure of government funding, have put together a summer full of free summer theater in the parks. The free theatre events listed below are designed for young and old alike and they're FREE.

 

Two Manhattan Theater Festivals Closed 2017 - 2021

Please note that it appears that the Fringe Festival - a festival of avante garde original theater - will not return this year 2021. The festival seemed to be losing steam in 2019, went on hiatus with the rest of the world in 2020 and now - based on their web presences - appears to have ended. This is UNCONFIRMED but probably accurate.

Also, for 18 years the Midtown International Theater Festival offerred a series of short, generally modern original works once or twice a year in the Manhattan Theatre District, but in 2017 the Founder, John Chatterton, decided to retire the program. Neither of these were free, but they didn't cost much, and both will be missed this summer.

Foreign Films / Free Movies in the Park Manhattan. Click here to view our report on free movies in the park - summer movies in Manhattan, Upper East Side UES, Upper West Side UWS, Midtown, West & East Village, SoHo & Tribeca.

SummerStage Concerts in Manhattan. Click here to view our report showing the paid & free SummerStage concerts in Manhattan.

Music / Concerts in the Park Manhattan. Click here to view our report on free concerts in the parks - summer concerts in Manhattan, Upper East Side UES, Upper West Side UWS, Midtown, West & East Village, SoHo & Tribeca this summer 2016.

Current Manhattan Things To Do. Click here to view a listing of current Manhattan things to do or click here to view our member submitted Manhattan events calendar.


Directory of Free Summer Outdoor Theater in Manhattan NYC

Click for Each Neighborhood - Performances Organized by Month

July 14, 2021 / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

1. Upper West Side Free Summer Theater - Manhattan NYC - free summer theater & things to do

2. Upper East Side Free Summer Theater Manhattan - free summer theater & things to do

3. Central Park Free Summer Theater NYC - free summer theater & things to do

4. Midtown Manhattan Free Summer Theater Manhattan NYC - free summer theater & things to do

5. East & West Village Free Summer Theater - Manhattan NYC - free summer theater & things to do

6. SoHo Bowery & Lower East Side Free Summer Theater - Manhattan - free summer theater & things to do

7. Downtown NYC & Tribeca Free Summer Theater - Manhattan - free summer theater & things to do

8. Harlem, Inwood & Washington Heights Free Summer Theater - NYC - free summer theater & things to do

 

Also Check Our Monthly NYC Events / Manhattan Things To Do Calendar



1. Upper West Side UWS - Free Summer Outdoor Theater 2021


Free Things To Do In Upper West Side NYC - Free Shakespeare At Soldiers & Sailors Monument in Riverside Park

free summer theater uws ues upper east side upper west side manhattan nyc free summer theater uws upper west side ues upper east side riverside park carl schurz parkClick here to view a Riverside Park map [TBD]. The theatrical and Shakespearean productions are performed on the north patio of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument which can be accessed at West 89th Street and Riverside Drive [see photo at right]. Take the steps behind the monument down to the large patio.

The FREE [pay what you can] theatrical productions / Shakespeare in the Park is organized by the Hudson Warehouse a theater company. The performances may be found on the north patio of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument which is located at West 89th Street and Riverside Drive [see photo at right].

You must wear a MASK and one will be provided if you don't have one. Also attendees must be seated BEFORE the 6.30 pm opening.

  • Thursdays thru Sundays, June 2021 - None as in normal years. Free summer theater / plays on the Upper West Side UWS.
  • Thursdays thru Sundays, July 1 - July 25, 2021 from 6.30 - 8.30 pm / Free but donations welcome - Loves Labour's Lost - by William Shakespeare and Directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith. The play is described as “Shakespeare's early comedies, believed to have been written in the mid-1590s for a performance at the Inns of Court before Queen Elizabeth I. “ It’s about “a king and three of his friends promise to study and not become involved with women... And explores the notion that … learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.”
  • Thursdays thru Sundays, July 29 - August 22, 2021 from 6.30 - 8.30 pm / Free - The Count of Monte Cristo - written by Susane Lee adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumasand directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith. This is a fictional story based on real events, completed in 1844 by Alexandre Dumas which tells the story of Edmond Dantès, a wrongfully imprisoned man, "Edmond Dantes', [and his] years-long quest for revenge against the men who sent him to jail ... Among these themes are the futility of revenge and its cousin, man's efforts compared to God’s.”
  • Free summer theater / plays on the Upper West Side UWS.

Also see free summer movies on the UWS Upper West Side Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the UWS Upper West Side Neighborhood.




2. Upper East Side UES - Free Summer Outdoor Theater 2021


Free Things To Do In Upper East Side NYC - Free Shakespeare In Carl Schurz Park

Click here to view a Carl Schurz Park map. The theatrical and Shakespearean productions are performed at Carl Schurz Park at East End Avenue and 86th Street.

  • TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THEIR BATTERY PARK PERFORMANCES - SEE BELOW.
  • RSVP TICKETS SOLD OUT - Tuesday - Sunday, July 20 - 27, 2021 from 7 - 9 pm - King Lear - Nauhum Tate's 1681 'Happy Ending'. Performed by NY Classical Theatre Company in Carl Schurz Park. Free.

Also see free summer movies on the UES Upper East Side Manhattan and the free summer concerts on the Upper East Side and the things to do section of the UES Upper East Side Neighborhood.




3. Central Park - Free Summer Outdoor Theater in Manhattan


Free Things To Do on the Upper East Side NYC - Free Shakespeare In Central Park

free shakespeare in the park free shakespeare delacorte theater central park nyc shakespeare in the park manhattanClick here to view a Central Park map. The photo to your right was taken at Central Park between the Upper East Side and the Upper West Side. The Shakespearean productions are performed by the Public Theater Company at the Delacorte Theatre which can be accessed via the West 82nd Street entrance on the UWS and the 86th Street entrance on the UES [see photo at right].

Attendees must wear MASKS. Those with proof of vaccination may be seated in the full capacity section and those not vaccinated will be seated in a special section. Limited seating available. All tickets are being distributed online and none will be given on the day of the performance. FREE but first come, first serve - or you can pay for a certain ticket at www.publictheater.org.

 

Shakespeare at Delacorte Theater Central Park July 6, 2021 - August 2021 - September 2021

  • Monday - Saturdays, July 6 - September 20, 2021 [except August 20 & 21 and September 11] from 8 - 10.45 pm EXCEPT September 20 when it starts at 6 pm - The Merry Wives of Windsor - By William Shakespeare / Adapted by Jocelyn Bioh / Directed by Saheem Ali. This adaptation of the Shakespearean classic is described as, “ … Set in South Harlem, amidst a vibrant and eclectic community of West African immigrants, MERRY WIVES is a New York story about tricks of the heart, performed in the heart of the City—Central Park’s magical Delacorte Theater. A raucous spinoff featuring the Bard’s most beloved comic characters, this hilarious farce tells the story of the trickster Falstaff and the wily wives who outwit him in a new celebration of Black joy, laughter, and vitality… “ Free theater but you need to rsvp a ticket online at least one day prior to performance - Free Shakespeare in the park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

 

Shakespeare in Central Park July 1 - 11, 2021 - NY Classical Theatre

  • Thursday - Sunday, July 1 - 11, 2021 - King Lear by NY Classical Theatre Company. In Central Park. FREE but RSVP via www.nyclassical.org.

 

Central Park Bandshell in Central Park

  • Sunday, August 8, 2021 beginning at 2 pm - Critical Care of Rehearsals for a Nurse - in Central Park in Manhattan. TNC describes the new play saying it's about, "... a young lady named Rose, who is studying to be a Nurse. She takes a job in a Nursing home so that she will be able to pay her tuition, books, and living expenses. But COVID-19 rears its Ugly Head, and Rose has a big fight on her hands, to help to save her city and her own future as a pediatric nurse. In this beautiful Street Theater Story, the old and the new, the old and the young, all come together, to assure us that this Pandemic will end, and together, we shall survive. Like the phoenix, we will rise from the ashes. As the juggler/clown, working in the local Hospital Clown Care Unit predicts: “When we wear our masks and wash our hands – grab that vaccine and deeply care for each other, we are unstoppable.” Organized by the Parks Dept & Theater for the New City aka TNC at www.theaterforthenewcity.net. Free summer theater in the Village. FREE. CoVid guidelines in effect.
  • August 7, 2021 at 2 pm - TNC Critical Care of Rehearsals for a Nurse is also at Wise Towers 117 West 90th Street on the UWS.

 

 

Laugher in the Park - Not in Central Park

  • Found elsewhere in NYC but NOT RETURNING TO CENTRAL PARK - Laughter in the Park
    • June, August & September 2021 - this year LAUGHTER IN THE PARK may be found in Wagner Park near Battery Park City 6/20/21, Wolfes Pond on Staten Island 6/27/21, Garibaldi Plaza in Washington Square Park in Manhattan 8/15/21 from 2 - 4 pm and and Wagner Park in Battery Park City 9/19/21 from 2 - 4 pm. Scroll down for details in those neighborhoods / parks.

 

*** THE FOLLOWING IS NOT VISIBLY SCHEDULED FOR 2021. AWAITING UPDATE ON 2021 SEASON. THE FOLLOWING IS INFO FROM 2019. CHECK BACK IN LATE JULY.

Harlem Meer Shakespeare in the Park

  • June 16 - September 4, 2019 from 2 - 4 pm on Sundays - Harlem Meer Performance Festival. Every week they host musical, dance & theatrical performances at the Harlem Meer at 110th Street between 5th Avenue & Lenox Avenue on the Upper East Side near Harlem.

Also see free summer movies on the UES Upper East Side Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the UES Upper East Side Neighborhood.




4. Midtown Manhattan NYC - Free Summer Outdoor Theater


Free Things To Do In Midtown NYC - Free Summer Theater At Bryant Park

Click here to view a map of Bryant park between 5th and 6th Avenues south of 42nd Street [TBD]. The free summer theater events are organized by Bryant Park Org.

 

Shakespeare in Bryant Park

  • free summer theater uws ues upper east side upper west side manhattan nyc free summer theater uws upper west side ues upper east side riverside park carl schurz parkMonday - Wednesday, July 19 - 21, 2021 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm - Two Noble Kinsmen. The Drilling Company tells us it's a, "... funny kind of love story about a beautiful beginning ... " Produced by The Drilling Company and directed by Hamilton Clancy and Assistant Director Karla Hendrick. FREE and on the lawn - see photo below. Free summer theater organized by Bryant Park Corp in Midtown Manhattan NYC.

 

 

NOTE THAT BRYANT PARK IS HOSTING MOVIES AND CONCERTS IN THE SUMMER OF 2021 WHICH YOU WILL FIND BY CLICKING THE LINKS AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS REPORT.

 

*** DUE TO THE COVID PANDEMIC THE FOLLOWING IS NOT LIKELY TO RETURN THE SUMMER / FALL OF 2021. Note that the following listing is from 2019.

Broadway World in Bryant Park

  • Thursday, August 1, 8 & 15, 2019 from 12.30 - 1.30 pm - Broadway World. BryantPark.org tells us it's a modernized adaptation, "The most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits each summer in the park. Join hundreds of fans on the Lawn and enjoy favorite Broadway tunes. Arrive early and catch rehearsals! The most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits. Hosted by 106.7 Lite FM DJs." FREE and on the lawn - see photo below.

 

*** DUE TO THE COVID PANDEMIC THE FOLLOWING IS NOT LIKELY TO RETURN THE SUMMER / FALL OF 2021. Note that the following listing is from 2019.

Contemporary & Folk Dance in Bryant Park

  • Wednesdays, May 1 - June 5, 2019 from 6 - 8.30 pm - Dance Party - Learn how to dance to live bands with free dance instruction at Fountain Terrace in Bryant Park. The following is their schedule - May 1: Salsa Night with Tito Puente Jr. / May 8: Latin & Ballroom Night with Fleur Seule / May 15: Contra Dance Night with Brooklyn Swing Ensemble / May 22: R&B Night with Exenia and the Transformation / May 29: Cumbia Night with LaMar NYC / June 5: LGBTQ Dance Night with One Up Duo and Stars of Hot to Trot.
  • Friday, June 7, 2019 there's a Latin Dance Festival – Celebrating Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue..
  • Fridays, June 14 - July 5, 2019 from 6 - 8 pm - Contemporary Dance Performances by Top Local NYC Dancers & Choreographers - by several companies each night - on the Bryant Park Stage. The following are the scheduled performances - June 14 - Jennifer Muller/The Works / Patrick O'Brien Dance Project / Talissa Bavaresco/Bava Dance / Steps Conservatory - June 21 - Buglisi Dance Theatre / Von Howard Project / Beatrice Capote / LaGuardia Dance Ensemble - June 28 - LaneCoArts / Syren Modern Dance / Jolt Dance Project / Harlem Dance Ensemble / Dorothy Maynor Singers - July 5 - David Dorfman Dance / Francesca Harper Project / Urban/Tribe / Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts.
  • Friday, September 27, 2019 from 5 - 10 pm - Square Dance / Free - Swing your partner round & round in the big city.

 

Midtown International Theater Festival - DISCONTINUED IN 2018

  • summer theater bryant park midtown manhattan nyc free summer theater hells kitchen chelsea free summer theaterThe photo to your right was taken at the Midtown International Theater Festival in an earlier year.
  • DISCONTINUED - Midtown International Theater Festival - After 18 years the Midtown International Theater Festival which offerred a series of short, generally modern original works once or twice a year in the Manhattan Theatre District - ceased productions. In November 2017, the Founder, John Chatterton, decided to retire the program. Attendance at these weren't free, but they didn't cost a lot either, and will be missed this summer as they were also missed in 2018. Details at www.midtownfestival.org.

 

Also see free summer movies in Midtown Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the Midtown Neighborhood.




5. East Village & West Village NYC - (mostly) Free Summer Theater


Free Things To Do In The East Village & West Village NYC - Free Summer Outdoor Theater In Washington Square Park

summer theater east village west village free summer theater manhattan nycClick here to view a Washington Square park map. The photo to your right was taken at the Fringe Theater Festival in the East Village in a prior year.

 

SHENYC Festival - Connelly Theater

  • Tuesday - Saturday, July 27 - August 7, 2021 at various times - SHENYC Festival - at Connelly Theater at 220 East 4th Street in the Village. This festival showcases women writers, composers and directors. Summer theater in the Village. NOT FREE. Tickets $30 - $35.

 

Washington Square Park

  • Sunday, August 15, 2021 from 2 - 4 pm - Laughter in the Park - at Garibaldi Plaza in Washington Square Park in the Village. Organized by the Parks Dept & Laughter in the Park. Free summer theater in the Village.

 

  • Saturday, August 21, 2021 beginning at 2 pm - Critical Care of Rehearsals for a Nurse - in Washington Square Park in the Village. TNC describes the new play saying it's about, "... a young lady named Rose, who is studying to be a Nurse. She takes a job in a Nursing home so that she will be able to pay her tuition, books, and living expenses. But COVID-19 rears its Ugly Head, and Rose has a big fight on her hands, to help to save her city and her own future as a pediatric nurse. In this beautiful Street Theater Story, the old and the new, the old and the young, all come together, to assure us that this Pandemic will end, and together, we shall survive. Like the phoenix, we will rise from the ashes. As the juggler/clown, working in the local Hospital Clown Care Unit predicts: “When we wear our masks and wash our hands – grab that vaccine and deeply care for each other, we are unstoppable.” Organized by the Parks Dept & Theater for the New City aka TNC at www.theaterforthenewcity.net. Free summer theater in the Village. FREE. CoVid guidelines in effect.

 

*** DUE TO THE COVID PANDEMIC THE FOLLOWING IS NOT LIKELY TO RETURN THE SUMMER FALL OF 2021. Note that the following listing is from 2019.

  • Tuesdays, July 2 - September 10, 2019 from 6 - 8 pm / Free - Tango Nights at Washington Square Park in Holley Plaza. The Washington Square Park Conservancy tells us this. "Dance the night away with Strictly Tango NYC dance school with FREE tango classes and open milonga at Washington Square Park. Strictly Tango brings you “an authentic Buenos Aires Tango feeling.” Come with your partner, your friends or come by yourself and find a new dancing partner."

 

FringeNYC Appears Discontinued in 2020 & 2021

  • The Fringe Theater Festival moved to a BYOV [Bring Your Own Venue] in 2019, Went on Hiatus in 2020 & Doesn't Appear to be returning in 2021. Based on their websites, it looks like they were a CoVid casualty but this is UNCONFIRMED. Check our site or theirs www.fringenyc.org for details.

 

Also see free summer movies in the East Village West Village Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the W & E Village Neighborhood.




6. Lower East Side, Bowery, SoHo Manhattan NYC

- Free Summer Outdoor Theater - LES 2021


Free Things To Do Near SoHo, Bowery on the Lower East Side LES

 

Tompkins Square Park - East Village

  • July 31, 2021 at 2 pm - TNC Critical Care of Rehearsals for a Nurse is also at TNC headquarters on East 10th Street and 1st Avenue in the East Village.
  • August 14, 2021 at 2 pm - TNC Critical Care of Rehearsals for a Nurse is also at Abe Lebewohl Park at St. Marks Church on East 10th Street and 2nd Avenue in the East Village.
  • Sunday, September 12, 2021 beginning at 2 pm - Critical Care of Rehearsals for a Nurse - in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. TNC describes the new play saying it's about, "... a young lady named Rose, who is studying to be a Nurse. She takes a job in a Nursing home so that she will be able to pay her tuition, books, and living expenses. But COVID-19 rears its Ugly Head, and Rose has a big fight on her hands, to help to save her city and her own future as a pediatric nurse. In this beautiful Street Theater Story, the old and the new, the old and the young, all come together, to assure us that this Pandemic will end, and together, we shall survive. Like the phoenix, we will rise from the ashes. As the juggler/clown, working in the local Hospital Clown Care Unit predicts: “When we wear our masks and wash our hands – grab that vaccine and deeply care for each other, we are unstoppable.” Organized by the Parks Dept & Theater for the New City aka TNC at www.theaterforthenewcity.net. Free summer theater in the Village. FREE. CoVid guidelines in effect.
  • September 4, 2021 at 2 pm - TNC Critical Care of Rehearsals for a Nurse is also at TNC headquarters on East 10th Street and 1st Avenue in the East Village.

 

  • The Charlie Parker Festival will return this year 2021. Click the concerts page link at the beginning of this report for details.

 

  • NOT RETURNING TO TOMPKIN SQUARE IN 2019, 2020 nor 2021 - See Washington Square & Wagner Park near Battery Park City & Wolfes Pond on Staten Island - The following is the 2018 listing - Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 2 - 4 pm - Laughter in the Park - at Tompkins Square Park - Billed as, "Laughter in the Park is a free, outdoor weekly comedy series, presented by NYLaughs.org, that takes place over the course of five weeks throughout the summer." Enter park from East 7th Street between Avenues A & B - by Laughter in the Park Org.

 

manhattan free summer theater manhattan tribeca bowery soho nyc free summer theater manhattanEast River Park Amphitheatre

 

*** There's a fight on to save this park by elevating it, as it is believed to be vulnerable to East River flooding from climate change.

Click here to view an East River Amphitheater map in SoHo / the Bowery. The photo to your right was taken by Allison Brzezinski, Founder & Artistic Director of CheckItDance, at one of their performances along the East River near Solar One - which is not the location, but north of it - and gives you a sense of East River theater.

 

*** THE FOLLOWING APPEARS UNLIKELY TO RETURN IN THE SUMMER OF 2021 based on what we could piece together from their website and related information like the battle over the survival of the park noted in the paragraph above. Note that the following listing is from 2019.

 

  • Monday, July 29, 2019 from 6 to 7.30 pm - New York NY Euripides Summer Festival - IPHIGENIA AMONG THE TAURIANS - "Iphigenia was actually not sacrificed in Aulis by Agamemnon but was saved by Artemis whom she now serves as a priestess in the goddess’ temple at Tauris where her brother Orestes and his friend Pylades go to rob the temple." At the East River Park Amphitheater in John V. Lindsay East River Park at Grand Street exit between Cherry & Jackson. Free summer theater on the Lower East Side [aka LES] near SoHo and Tribeca in Manhattan NYC. FREE. Produced by American Thymele Theatre. Rsvp not required, but to be sure of a seat you can contact Ticket Central at 212.279.4200.

 

Also see free summer movies in Midtown Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the Midtown Neighborhood.




7. Downtown NYC & Tribeca - Free Summer Outdoor Theater 2021


Free Shakespeare at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park & Rockefeller Park

These events are being staged near the Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park & at Wagner Park in Battery Park City.

 

Battery Park Conservancy at Battery Park &

  • Tuesday - Sunday except Thursday 7/29, July 27 - August 8, 2021 beginning at 7 pm / Free - King Lear - a romantic tragedy about two feuding families, two true lovers and a costly lesson for all. This adaptation of the play is said not to end badly. Performed by by NY Classical Theatre Company at the Battery Park at 75 in Battery Place and Broadway on the ground floor. Free summer theater in Tribeca / Downtown NYC. FREE but RSVP - at www.nyclassical.org. CoVid protocols in place.

 

Wagner Park in Battery Park City

  • Sunday, September 19, 2021 from 2 - 4 pm - Laughter in the Park - in Wagner Park at Battery Park City in Downtown NYC. Organized by the Parks Dept & Laughter in the Park. Free summer theater in the FiDi district / Battery Park City.

 

*** DUE TO THE COVID PANDEMIC THE FOLLOWING IS NOT LIKELY TO RETURN THE SUMMER FALL OF 2021. Note that the following listing is from 2019.

Battery Park Dance Festival

  • August 11 - 16, 2019 from 7 - 9 pm - Battery Dance Festival - in Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park at 20 Battery Place just south of 1st Place. The 38th Annual Dance Festival featuring dozens of choreographers and dancers from around the city, the nation and parts of the world. Free summer dance performances in Manhattan. Free summer dance performances in Manhattan.
  • Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 6 to 10 pm - Battery Dance Festival. The week-long Battery Park Dance Festival ends tonight with performances at the Schimmel Theater at Pace University at 3 Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street, only blocks away from City Hall downtown. Rsvp general admission $10 tickets at www.batterydance.org or schimmelcenter.org.

 




8. Harlem, Inwood & Washington Heights

- Free Summer Outdoor Theater 2021


Free Summer Theater at Marcus Garvey Park, Jackie Robinson Bandshell & Inwood Hill Parks

There's free summer theater at -

 

Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem

  • Tuesdays through Sundays, July 6 - July 29, 2021 beginning at 8.30 pm - Sieze the King - performed by the Classical Theatre of Harlem. The Classical Theater of Harlem NYC website describes the play as follows. "With his country’s throne empty, Richard knocks down threats to his ascension, fueling his insatiable ambition and paranoia. Even if he can be stopped — who can ensure a tyrant won’t rise in his place? Award-winning playwright Will Power delivers a propulsive and timely modern reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Richard III that the San Diego City Beat described as “a sharp, lyrical script that blurs the line between the past and the present, while positing that ambition and depravity are not the province of merely one king, one country or one moment in time." At the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park [enter at 124th St & Fifth Ave and walk south to the venue]. Free.

 

*** THE FOLLOWING IS NOT VISIBLY SCHEDULED FOR 2021. NOT LIKELY TO RETURN THIS YEAR BUT UNCONFIRMED. Note that the following listing is from 2019.

  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 6 to 7.30 pm - New York NY Euripides Summer Festival - IPHIGENIA AMONG THE TAURIANS - "Iphigenia was actually not sacrificed in Aulis by Agamemnon but was saved by Artemis whom she now serves as a priestess in the goddess’ temple at Tauris where her brother Orestes and his friend Pylades go to rob the temple." At the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park [enter at 124th St & Fifth Ave and walk south to the venue]. Free summer theater in the Harlem neighborhood of NYC. FREE.
  • Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 6 - 7.30 pm - New York NY Euripides Summer Festival - DAUGHTERS OF TROY - "One of the best antiwar plays ever written, it reflects Euripides’ disillusionment of Athenian democracy, borrowing events from the Trojan War just after the stratagem of the Trojan Horse, when Troy fell to the Greeks." At the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park [enter at 124th St & Fifth Ave and walk south to the venue]. Free summer theater in the Harlem neighborhood of NYC. FREE.

 

 

Jackie Robinson Bandshell in Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem

  • Sunday, August 15, 2021 beginning at 2 pm - Critical Care of Rehearsals for a Nurse - in Washington Square Park in the Village. TNC describes the new play saying it's about, "... a young lady named Rose, who is studying to be a Nurse. She takes a job in a Nursing home so that she will be able to pay her tuition, books, and living expenses. But COVID-19 rears its Ugly Head, and Rose has a big fight on her hands, to help to save her city and her own future as a pediatric nurse. In this beautiful Street Theater Story, the old and the new, the old and the young, all come together, to assure us that this Pandemic will end, and together, we shall survive. Like the phoenix, we will rise from the ashes. As the juggler/clown, working in the local Hospital Clown Care Unit predicts: “When we wear our masks and wash our hands – grab that vaccine and deeply care for each other, we are unstoppable.” Organized by the Parks Dept & Theater for the New City aka TNC at www.theaterforthenewcity.net. Free summer theater in the Village. FREE. CoVid guidelines in effect.
  • The bandshell is at West 147th Street and Bradhurst Avenue in Washington Heights.

 

Note that the following listing is from 2016.

Inwood Shakespeare Festival

  • THEY ARE HAVING TROUBLE W/ FUNDING _ MIGHT BECOME A PERMANENT CLOSE 2021 _ On HIATUS in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021. The Inwood Shakespeare Festival did not return in 2017 after 16 years of performances, as the theater group that performed in it [Moose Hall Theatre Company], said they needed a greater commitment from the NYC Parks Department for them to raise funding to support the effort. In 2019 it looks like more of the same, but they're planning a production of Anton Chehkov's The Cherry Orchard in 2020 - but they are still seeking support at www.moosehallisf.org [the isf stands for Inwood Shakespeare Festival]. More about the production times / location in 2020.

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