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Shakespeare in the Park 2017

Time to start thinking about the 2017 Shakespeare in the Park season. This summer, Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis will helm a production of the Bard’s Julius Caesar; following that, Public Works founder Lear deBessonet will direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Oskar Eustis directs JULIUS CAESAR, Shakespeare’s play of politics and power, last seen in the Park 17 years ago. Rome’s leader, Julius Caesar, is a force unlike any the city has seen. Magnetic, populist, irreverent, he seems bent on absolute power. A small band of patriots, devoted to the country’s democratic traditions, must decide how to oppose him. Shakespeare’s political masterpiece has never felt more contemporary.  JULIUS CAESAR, only staged at the Delacorte Theater once before in 2000, was directed by Barry Edelstein and featured David McCallum in the title role, Jeffrey Wright as Mark Antony, and Jamey Sheridan as Brutus.

In July, the Delacorte Theater will transform into the most enchanted forest in all of theater in Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. When the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairytale fantasia that proves the course of true love never did run smooth. Lear deBessonet, Founder of The Public Theater’s groundbreaking Public Works program and Resident Director, brings her electric theatrical vision to the classic romance about the supernatural nature of love.

“There is no difficulty in the world that Shakespeare can’t address,” Eustis said in a statement. “In our troubled times, the majesty of Julius Caesar and the joy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream are as necessary as beauty.”The summer season will also include Hair to Hamilton, an all-star celebration of musicals developed at the Public. The gala event will take place on June 5 at the Delacorte.

July 4th Weekend in Central Park!

Lots to do this holiday weekend in Central Park!

Freedom Party® NYC 13 Year Anniversary

July 2 @ 6:00 pm10:00 pm

Freedom Party® NYC 

The Freedom Party® is the longest running, weekly, Friday-night party in NYC history. Winner of Village Voice’s esteemed “Best Dance Party 2015,” Papermag‘s highlycoveted award for “Best Party (People’s Choice)” and runner up in URB Mag’s “Best Party” (nationwide), Freedom was created in 2003 by Herbert Holler, DJ Cosi and Marc Smooth to provide a place for people from all walks of life to dance and be free. Today, it is a bona fide nightlife institution, with monthly events in both Chicago and Washington, D.C., as well. Playing a tight mix of danceable, soulful hits across all genres of music from the 60s through today, Freedom continues to fill its dance floor each week with fun, beautiful people from all over the globe looking to have an unforgettable, true NYC party experience.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Stories at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen

at Hans Christian Andersen Statue (in Central Park), Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Connie Reagan Blake, Len Cabral, Laura Simms, and Lisa Marie Nedergaard will lead a special Independence Day Celebration and share Appalachian, Caribbean, and Danish stories with accompaniment from cellist Lynn Andersen.
Category: Best for Kids
Free!

Central Park Tour: Conservatory Garden

at Vanderbilt Gate (in Central Park), Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Central Park Conservancy staff takes you on a guided stroll amid thousands of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals that bloom throughout the year.
Category: Nature, History, Tours

Sunday, July 3, 2016

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Central Park Conservancy Family Performance Festival: Central Park Players

at The Great Hill (in Central Park), Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
This year’s Family Performance Festival is chock-a-block full of fun and learning through music, storytelling, park adventures, puppetry, and more!
Category: Education, Nature, Festivals, Best for Kids
Free!

Best For
Kids

Monday, July 4, 2016

Exhibition – SPF16: NYC Pools and Beaches in Contemporary Photography

at Arsenal (in Central Park), Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Celebrate the 2016 summer season with an exhibition of contemporary photography that highlights the city’s most popular warm weather amenities—its public pools and beaches.
Category: Art
Free!

Hallett Nature Sanctuary

at Hallett Nature Sanctuary (in Central Park), Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
During these limited hours, visitors can explore the normally-closed Hallett Sanctuary at their own pace along the rustic trail.
Category: Birding, Education, Nature, Hiking
Free!

Shakespeare in the Park – How to get Tickets

Jonathan Groff explains how to get free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park. For more info visit publictheater.org

Sam Waterston to return to Shakespeare in the Park in The Tempest in Summer 2015

The Public Theater has announced the lineup for its 2015 season of free Shakespeare in the Park productions playing at the Delacorte Theater. This season in Central Park will feature feature Shakespeare’s late romances The Tempest, directed by Tony Award nominee Michael Greif, from May 27-July 5, and Cymbeline, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, from July 27-August 23.
Sam Waterston will be performing in theis summer’s production as Prospero.   The Tempest will feature the return of Oscar and Tony nominee to the Delacorte stage. The production will mark his 13th Shakespearean production at the Public.
“With these two gorgeous productions, we will have produced all of Shakespeare’s late romances in one season, The Winter’s Tale in Public Works and Pericles with the Mobile Unit,” said Artistic Director Oskar Eustis in a statement. “These wise, magical, and emotional works were Shakespeare’s climactic achievement in the theater. In these plays, hope can be found in the darkest hour, every loss can be restored, and even death is not permanent.”  Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park productions are distributed at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on the day of the show, two tickets maximum per person. The Public Theater will also again offer free tickets through its Virtual Ticketing lottery on the day of the show.


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