Shakespeare In The Park Is Back

Shakespeare In The Park Is Back

Townspeople, folks, and thespians rejoice! Shakespeare in the Park is coming back to New York City’s Delacorte Theater this summer, July 6 through September 18. 

Performances are running from Monday to Saturday at 8 p.m., with free tickets and a mask requirement. The festival is showcasing a reimagined adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy, “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”

In its original telling, the play is set in 15th century England. It follows Sir John Falstaff, a run-of-the-mill knight, trying to find a wealthy wife. He eventually sets his eyes on Mistress Ford and Mistress Page, two women already married. His attempts at seduction commence, and a series of comically unfortunate events unfold. 

 Shakespeare in the Park is presenting a modern twist on the tale. With Jocelyn Bioh’s adaptation, “Merry Wives,” being brought to life. Directed by Saheem Ali, the scene is now set in South Harlem, amongst a community of West African immigrants. 

A New York story through and through. “Merry Wives” captures the vibrancy and wholeness of a small African community full of heart. The Public Theater’s website describes the play as a “new celebration of Black joy, laughter, and vitality.” 

Past performance of Shakespeare in the Park (via NYC-Arts)

Representation is perhaps one of theater’s most important missions, on stage and in society. Shakespeare in the Park is dedicating each week to celebrate and thank different New York boroughs and communities. The premiere week is celebrating New York’s essential workers that have played an instrumental role in keeping the city alive throughout the pandemic. 

The theater is an integral part of our lives, and Shakespeare in the Park to New York. A longstanding, timeless tradition, the return of the festival signals the return of a lively New York City.  

Ticket reservations can be found on the Public Theater’s website. 

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