HANDS ON - Free Shakespeare in Central Park - Othello

06/22/2018 8:00 pm



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Shakespeare in the Park is one of New York City's most beloved summer traditions. New York natives and visitors alike have been enjoying free Shakespeare since performances began in 1954. Now more than 50 years after the opening of Shakespeare in the Park's permanent home at the Delacorte Theater on June 18, 1962, The Public Theater is proud to continue to produce Shakespeare in the Park.

This summer, Shakespeare in the Park features two Of Shakespeare’s finest: OTHELLO and TWELFTH NIGHT

2018 Interpreted Performance Dates:

OTHELLO - Friday, June 22 @ 8pm

Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (JitneyThe Piano Lesson) returns to Shakespeare in the Park to direct a sumptuous new production of OTHELLO. Set amid war and palace intrigue in the 17th-century Mediterranean, this classic drama about a noble Black Venetian general whose marriage is sabotaged by theater’s most infamous villain, Iago, remains Shakespeare’s most urgent and relevant tragedy today. A lush, romantic vision gives way to the violent tangle of love and jealousy, race and revenge in this must-see production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, OTHELLO.

TWELFTH NIGHT - Friday, August 17 @ 8pm

In celebration of five extraordinary years of Public Works, a Public Theater initiative that invites diverse communities across New York to create ambitious works of participatory theater, Free Shakespeare in the Park presents a re-imagining of Public Works’ 2016 musical adaptation of TWELFTH NIGHT for a full five-week run in Central Park. Professional artists and two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs will perform together on the Delacorte stage in this enchanting comedy about Viola (Nikki M. James), a young heroine who washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess, and falls in love with a Duke.

Featuring music and lyrics by critically-acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub, this very special TWELFTH NIGHT is a unique partnership between two Public Theater programs that exemplify The Public’s commitment to radical inclusion. Oskar Eustis, The Public’s Artistic Director, and Kwame Kwei-Armah, incoming Artistic Director of London’s Young Vic, helm this unforgettable musical about love in all its many disguises.

Interpreters this summer:

Molly Wilson, Lynnette Taylor, Stephanie Feyne, Mary MacLean, Christina Trunzo-Mosleh, Dylan Geil, Keith Wann, Laurie Nash

Interpreter Director:  Anne Tomasetti

Tickets: Free

Limit: 2 tickets per person

PLEASE NOTE:  Priority it always given to Deaf audience members.  Any reservation without Deaf people will be placed on a waiting list to first accommodate Deaf audiences.

Shakespeare in the Park is performed at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
The Central Park entrances closest to the theater are at 81st Street and Central Park West or 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Webpage: http://publictheater.org/en/Free-Shakespeare-in-the-Park/

For ticket information and other questions, contact Hands On: info@handson.org

Tickets must be picked up between 6:15 and 7:30pm from the Hands On Rep at the Box Office.  After 7:30 your reservations are no longer valid.

The Delacorte Theater is easily accessible from the B, C and 6 subway lines, as well as from the M2, M3, M4, M10 and M79 bus lines. Once in the Park, follow the footpath to the Delacorte Theater.

For those traveling by car, please note that there are no parking facilities in the Park.

Accessibility/Additional Information:

PLEASE NOTE: The interpreted section is not wheelchair accessible.

If you have questions about accessibility, please contact Hands On.