Playbill Video Goes Backstage at Shakespeare in the Park's Delarcorte Theater (Video)

PlayBlog   Playbill Video Goes Backstage at Shakespeare in the Park's Delarcorte Theater (Video)
It's that time of the year—the work of William Shakespeare hits New York City's Central Park for the Public Theater's 2011 Shakespeare in the Park outdoor season at the Delarcorte Theater. The 2011 repertory productions include Measure for Measure, which will officially open June 30 following previews that began June 6, and All's Well That Ends Well, which recently opened June 25 following previews that began June 11.

Here, troupe member Carson Elrod takes 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:

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