Here, troupe member Carson Elrod takes Playbill.com backstage at the Delarcorte in the first part of Playbill's Shakespeare in the Park video series and offers an in-depth behind-the-scenes tour, including a look at the prop tables for both productions, where the trap doors are located and the actors' favorite places to hang out—by the Gatorade cooler or the table with the bug spray. Members of the repertory cast also talk about their experience at Shakespeare in the Park and reveal which acting technique works best—line memorization seems to be the most popular method at the Park.
Want to check out one of the free productions in Central Park? Here's how the Public describes the Shakespeare classics:
Measure for Measure "sweeps from the corridors of national power to the intimate confines of the bedroom, and from the convent's chapel to the executioner’s block. It is Shakespeare at his grittiest: a bracing and bawdy glimpse of what happens when those in power allow their basest human impulses to range unchecked."
All's Well That Ends Well "is a fairytale for grown-ups. This beguiling fable follows the low-born Helena, one of Shakespeare’s most resourceful heroines, as she inventively surmounts obstacle after impossible obstacle in order to win the love of the aristocratic and haughty Count Bertram."
To check out all of the backstage action, look below: