If you haven't yet braved the sweltering New York summer to visit Richard III in Expanded Arts popular summer series, "Shakespeare in the Park(ing Lot)," you might want to do so this weekend. The production closes up on Aug. 7.
Director David Levine, taking his production's setting to heart, has staged the Bard's classic tale of royal treachery in and around a gutted 1984 baby blue Ford Malibu. According to the director, "the old car represents a type of history, much like the costumes, with range from Elizabethan to the 1930's. The car becomes both places and people -- at one point it even becomes Richard himself." As in previous years, the show will take place in a municipal parking lot at Broome and Ludlow Streets.
For information on Richard III, call (212) 253-1813. Tickets are free.
The second production in the 1999 Parking Lot program is Measure for Measure, Aug. 14-28.
-- By Sean McGrath