Kicking off the New York Summer: Free Events and More (Part 3)

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After all the movie night and yoga overload, perhaps it’s time to mentally recharge your batteries and see some great culture! There are a few great performances throughout the city, some of them include Shakespearean plays.

1) Free Shakespeare in the Park:

Perhaps the most popular Shakespeare during the summer months. This year, there are two performances in Central park during the 3 months of free Shakespeare.
The Tempest: runs from May 27th to July 5th
Cymbeline: runs from July 23rd to August 23rd
All performances are held at the Delacorte Theater, which is right around Belvedere Castle. Shows are highly sought after and performers include academy-award nominees, aside from other talented actors. There are four ways to gain access to these so-called free tickets, neither of them being the easy route.

1) Free distribution in Central Park – make sure you get up at 6am to stand in line. Tickets start being distributed at 12pm and the line will be long.
2) Free virtual ticketing lottery – opens at 12am each day of performance
3) Free downtown lottery distribution at Astor Place
4) Skip the Line and Support Free Shakespeare – membership is $200/ season

2) The New York Classical Theatre Performs throughout the Parks:

If you don’t want to stand in line at 6am, perhaps this is the solution. And during the 2015 season, two plays are being shown: The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure. The NY Classcial Theatre offers these two free shows mostly in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Their web site states that the past performance in Central Park led to a total of 3,500 viewers – which is enormous and perhaps says a lot about the high quality of the show.

They perform throughout the middle of August and their next play is on July 9th from 7-9pm. Find more infos under their web site. They will be performing at Brooklyn Bridge Park from August 11- 16.

3) Free Book Performance in BK Bridge Park:

Brooklyn Bridge Park is once again the runner-up when it comes to free performances and more. Starting tomorrow, July 6, Freebird bookstore is hosting their six-week-long series of book performances, discussions, and book signing. The event is at 7pm – at a great location where you can see the gorgeous skyline.

Of course there are a multitude of other free events, but perhaps this is a great list to get things started and to whet your appetite for more to come. I am still hoping that I will make it to a Shakespearean play eventually, so fingers crossed that I can make this goal come true.

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