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Hip to Hip Theatre Company Presents

Free Shakespeare in waterfront parks!

DetailsAugust 12, 2017

Hip to Hip Theatre Company’s 2017 season of Free Shakespeare in the Parks: Henry IV, Part 1: The Prince and the Rebel and Measure for Measure tour in repertory to 12 parks throughout NYC.

All performances are free and open to the public and feature an interactive kids workshop 30 minutes before each performance. Kids & the Classics is designed for children ages 4 to 12 and gives children a chance to interact with the text by previewing the characters and situations, and creating links between the text and their own lives through theatre games and close reading of text.

Audience members are encouraged to bring a blanket or low chair and picnic fare and enjoy a Shakespeare play in the open air.

No tickets are necessary. Performances run approximately 95 minutes. Free to the public!

Locations: Gantry Plaza State Park (4-09 47th Rd) August 5 at 7:30pm: Measure for Measure

Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd) August 6 at 5pm: Henry IV

Gantry Plaza State Park (4-09 47th Rd) August 12 at 7:30pm: Henry IV

Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd) August 13 at 5pm: Measure for Measure


About the plays:

Henry IV Part 1: 

Prince Hal is caught between two worlds: in the tavern, he carouses with a wild bunch, led by the scoundrel Falstaff, but at court, the King presses him to shoulder his responsibilities as heir to the throne. Meanwhile, the rebellious Hotspur threatens to destroy the kingdom. Shakespeare’s action-packed coming-of-age story asks “What makes a good leader?”

Measure for Measure:

The Duke of Vienna’s puritanical deputy Angelo, tasked with cleaning up a city out of control, revives ancient laws regarding sex and marriage. When he unjustly sentences the young gentleman Claudio to death, Claudio’s sister Isabella pleads his case…and discovers that Angelo is not as virtuous as he seems. Shakespeare’s dark comedy examines the danger of placing power in the wrong hands.