Theatre Under the Stars, Part Two: A Guide to Outdoor Productions in New York
By Carey Purcell
The weather is cooling off (a little), and back to school specials are already being advertised, but summer isn't over yet. A few weeks of warm weather remain, and so do some golden opportunities to see theatre while enjoying the sun or starshine.
Whether theatregoers are in the mood for some swashbuckling swordfights from the 17th centry or real-life unsolved murders from 1975, these shows can be enjoyed al fresco throughout August.
Click through to see Part Two of Playbill.com's roundup of outdoor theatre in New York.
Fringe Al Fresco
Theatregoers can catch a new, cutting-edge show in the great outdoors while attending FringeAL FRESCO, the outdoor performances of the New York International Fringe Festival. This summer's offerings include A Game Without A Name, a mythical origin story in modern verse and Tartuffe, a reimagining of Moliere's classic comedy which sets the famed hypocrite in modern-day Brooklyn. Performances are staged Aug. 17-25 at First Street Green Cultural Park. A full performance schedule can be found by visiting fringenyc.org.
Summer on the Hudson
The annual outdoor arts and culture festival that takes place in Riverside Park includes the Children's Performance Series, featuring music, storytelling and theatre for young audiences. Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights perform Aug. 8 and puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater can be seen Aug 15. Visit nycgovparks.org for more information.
Live IN Theater
This immersive theatre company takes murder-mysteries back where they began: the streets of the city. These productions place the audience right in the center of the action, blending the make believe with actual historical — and unsolved — murders. Aspiring crime-solvers can attend The Ryan Case 1873 or The Lombardi Case 1975, where participants are encouraged to help figure out whodunnit. A performance schedule and more information can be found by visiting liveintheater.com
Shakespeare in the Park
Founded by Joe Papp in 1962, Shakespeare in the Park has long been a tradition of theatregoers, with more than five million people attending the performances. The original musical adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and a book by Alex Timbers, will be performed through Aug. 18.
Performances are held at the Delacorte Theater (accessible by entering at 81st Street and Central Park West, or 79th Street and Fifth Avenue). Tickets are distributed two per person at noon every day. Additionally, a virtual lottery can be entered online at shakespeareinthepark.org.
Click here to read our survival guide to waiting in line for Shakespeare in the Park.
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