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Shakespeare in the Park 2015

Posted on 7/31/2015 by Big Apple Writer  

Experience the magic of The Bard in the open air this summer. On Saturday, August 1 and August 8 at 7:30 pm, the Hip to Hip Theatre Company, a Queens-centric arts organization, will bring William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Merchant of Venice to Gantry Plaza State Park.

Both performances have a 90 minute running time and are free and open to the public. In addition to the theater play, a free interactive workshop for children “Kids & the Classics” will be offered 30 minutes before each show.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or low chair and picnic fare.
Hip to Hip Theatre Company’s mission is to stimulate and develop interest in the theater arts by presenting free, family-friendly, professional productions of popular classics in public spaces. 

More programming details below:

Shakespeare’s farce about courtship, jealousy, and friendship features one of the most beloved comedic characters of all time. Sir John Falstaff, banished to Windsor and running out of money, devises what he thinks is a fool-proof plan: seduce the wives of the two richest men in town. Unfortunately for him, the women immediately see through his scheme, and proceed to turn the tables on him. Meanwhile, mayhem ensues as three suitors vie to marry the local heiress.

Shakespeare’s darkest comedy explores bigotry, justice, and the limitations of the law. The young Venetian gentleman Bassanio has squandered all his money, but he needs 3,000 ducats so that he can travel to Belmont and woo the beautiful heiress Portia. His devoted friend Antonio helps him by borrowing the cash from the moneylender Shylock. But when Antonio is forced to default on the loan, Shylock seeks a gruesome revenge, and Portia and Bassanio find themselves in a desperate struggle to save Antonio’s life.


August 1 and August 8 at 7:30 pm
Gantry Plaza State Park
Neighborhood: Long Island City
4-09 47th Rd (At Center Blvd)
Queens, NY 11101